Immigration Must Be Considered An Opportunity For America, Not A Problem

I have devoted much of my life to starting, building and backing companies. And I have come to believe that there are only two kinds of companies that exist in this world: Ones that are growing, and ones that are declining. There is no in-between.

Countries — and regions within countries — work the same way. They are either open and growing — absorbing new ideas, people and ways of doing things — or they are closed and falling behind, trying to defend the status quo, exclude outsiders and shut out new thinking. This is why I have long believed immigration policy is not just a problem America needs to solve, but it is also an opportunity for us to seize.

On my Rise of the Rest startup bus tours, I have the opportunity to speak to thousands of entrepreneurs across the United States. I like to remind them that America itself is a startup, one that was founded some 250 years ago. And since our founding we have been the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation, in part because we’ve been an immigrant-friendly nation. But in recent years, we’ve made it harder to come here and stay here, and as a result we’ve started to lose talent to other countries.

Countries are either open and growing — absorbing new ideas, people and ways of doing things — or they are closed and falling behind, trying to defend the status quo, exclude outsiders and shut out new thinking.

By Recode
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