MYTH 6 of 8: “Immigrants are uneducated, low-skilled and building a permanent underclass”
In 2000, roughly 12.5 million legal immigrants in the United States had more than a high school education, and accounted for half of all immigrants living in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.
Immigrants have had a disproportionate role in innovation and technology and have fueled growth of new businesses. Half of Silicon Valley start-ups were founded by immigrants–including Yahoo, eBay and Google.
According to the U.S. Census and analysis by the Immigration Policy Center, “In 2002,
- 1.6 million Hispanic-owned firms provided jobs to 1.5 million employees,
- had receipts of $222 billion, and
- generated payroll of $36.7 billion.
The same year, 1.1 million Asian-owned firms
- provided jobs to 2.1 million employees,
- had receipts of $326.4 billion, and
- generated payroll of $56 billion.”