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Diversity

Another OP. Ed from Jorge E. Ponce

Affirmative Action
Believers and Detractors 

It is not unusual for EEO Professionals to give affirmative action presentations where the focus is on the workforce demographics of their agencies and to show the lack of diversity of certain groups – usually Hispanics and persons with targeted disabilities.  If they are thorough, they will show not just their agency’s global demographics, but they will drill down to show the statistics of their sub component units.

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From: The White House Blog

Ten Ways Immigrants Help Build and Strengthen Our Economy
by: Jason Furman, Danielle Gray July 12, 2012

America is a nation of immigrants. Our American journey and our success would simply not be possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. It is helpful to take a moment to reflect on the important contributions by the generations of immigrants who have helped us build our economy, and made America the economic engine of the world. 

How do immigrants strengthen the U.S. economy? Below is our top 10 list for ways immigrants help to grow the American economy.

 

1. Immigrants start businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a business in the United States than non-immigrants, and 18 percent of all small business owners in the United States are immigrants.

2. Immigrant-owned businesses create jobs for American workers. According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, small businesses owned by immigrants employed an estimated 4.7 million people in 2007, and according to the latest estimates, these small businesses generated more than $776 billion annually.

3. Immigrants are also more likely to create their own jobs. According the U.S. Department of Labor, 7.5 percent of the foreign born are self-employed compared to 6.6 percent among the native-born.
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