Too often, people stereotype opinions based upon labels. If you're conservative, then you must think "y". If you're liberal, you have to embrace "x".
Reality, however, is that people of diverse philosophical views can come together on individual issues. Here are three men with clearly disparate political ideologies. Yet, their views on immigration are quite similar.
There is an abundance of empirical evidence that immigration is a tremendous economic driver. A study by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders advocating for more rational immigration laws, is awash with eye-opening data on immigrant entrepreneurship. More than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, and immigrants are now more than twice as likely as US natives to start a business. Though the foreign-born account for less than 13 percent of the US population, they created 28 percent of all new American businesses in 2011.
Murdoch and Bloomberg, two of the partnership's co-chairmen, argue that if only more Americans understood what remarkable job-creators immigrants tend to be, fewer politicians would feel the need to play to anti-immigrant xenophobia. Fewer voters would believe the popular canard that foreigners enter America to live off welfare -- or the equally popular, if contradictory, canard that immigrants steal jobs that would otherwise go to Americans.
"People don't come here to put their feet up and collect welfare," Bloomberg said. They come here to work. If there are no jobs, they don't come."
Add in Jeff Jacoby and myself as two more who share their positive opinion of immigration.
What hasn't declined is the hunger of strivers and dreamers the world over -- talented entrepreneurs eager to bring their gifts here and make a success of themselves. Those would-be immigrants are an extraordinary growth hormone we can't afford to spurn. A broken immigration system threatens America's future economic vitality. Fixing that system must become a priority -- for left, right, and center alike.
Many Americans are the progeny of immigrants. They came to this nation to find opportunities that were non-existent in their own lands. Not only did they work their rear ends off and make something of themselves once here - they revered our country, its liberties and abundance. As Jacoby states, we should all come together and reform our immigration system so it is more "user friendly" to people of other nations who want to re-create what our ancestors achieved. It's a "win-win" proposition - if only enough of us realize it!