Comments on: Election shines light on long path to post-racial America http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/11/08/election-shines-light-on-long-path-to-post-racial-america/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: lgjhere http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/11/08/election-shines-light-on-long-path-to-post-racial-america/comment-page-1/#comment-440656 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 19:54:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=41744#comment-440656 Given the topic of immigrants in recent elections, an interesting new book that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of minorities and immigrants is “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those foreigners who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs Americans who want to learn more about the U.S. and how we compare to other countries around the world on many issues. As the book points out, immigrants are a major force in America. They and the children they bear account for 60 percent of our nation’s population growth and own 11 percent of US businesses and are 60 percent more likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. They represent 17 percent of all new business owners (in some states more than 30 percent). Foreign-born business owners generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California and nearly one-fifth in the states of New York, Florida, and New Jersey.
Legal immigrants number 850,000 each year; undocumented (illegal) immigrants are estimated to be half that number. They come to improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to build upon, as the author’s grandparents did when they landed at Ellis Island in 1899 after losing 2 children to disease on a cramped cattle car-like sailing from Europe. Many bring skills and a willingness to work hard to make their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years ago. In describing America, chapter after chapter identifies “foreigners” who became successful in the US and contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance. Perhaps the book and concerned Americans can lend a helping hand. www.AmericaAtoZ.com

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