Carnegie Corporation’s Gregorian Featured in New Book on Transformative Impact of Immigrants

The question of what to do about illegal immigrants stokes enough emotion and controversy to silence civil discussion. Lost in the contentious debate over immigration reform, tragically, has been the impact of legal immigrants and their remarkable success in the New Economy.

A new book titled Immigrant Inc. Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy focuses on legal immigrants and their odyssey from homeland to start-up, this unique book explores the psyche, cultural nuances, skills, and business strategies that help immigrants achieve remarkable success; explains how immigrants will create the American jobs of the future-if we let them.

The book, authored by Richard Herman and Robert Smith, includes an interview with Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of the country’s oldest and largest grantmaking foundations.  Gregorian was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents

Consider that: Today’s immigrants are nearly twice as likely as non-immigrants to launch a business; Immigrant founders are behind more than half of the high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley; and Immigrants have become more likely than native-born Americans to earn an advanced degree, to invent something and to be awarded a U.S. patent.

Both a revelation and a call-to-action, Immigrant, Inc. explores the uncommon skill and drive of America's new immigrants and their knack for innovation and entrepreneurship. From the techies who created icons of the new economy — Intel, Google, eBay and Sun Microsystems — to the young engineers tinkering with solar power and next-generation car batteries, immigrants have proven themselves to be America's competitive advantage.