As Thomas Friedman points out in his book The World is Flat, we are increasingly growing closer to one another and the entrepreneurial competitive spirit can be fostered anywhere in the world.

This morning over my cup of joe, I listened to Vivek Wadhwa speak about the immigration crisis in the United States in a different light. His argument was that America was losing part of its competitive edge because it lost so many immigrant entrepreneurs.  He called for the immigration system to create a visa that would facilitate those who had good ideas and test out if they could create jobs. Creating jobs and economic security is really what is going to get America out of the ditch.

After a few emails to the author I had a digital copy of his book and had read it by the afternoon.  This speed is part of the world we live in and American policy has not caught up.

Wadhwa has a qualified background as a business entrepreneur, educator, and an immigrant himself.

In his book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, Vivek Wadhwa does a good job of showcasing the problems with several case studies, reviewing world immigration policy and setting a solution to this problem.

Being a product of immigrant parents, I know of the eagerness to foster new avenues in the land of opportunity that America has always been.  Unfortunately, America is not the only avenue for economic prosperity, and we have to adjust and adapt to this new global world.

This book is a good start to begin the dialogue on finding a workable immigration policy that avoids the rhetoric of hate and destruction that often accompanies this policy debate.

By opening the doors to more intellectual “brain” capital into the American system, we can benefits from the fruits of the creative risk that entrepreneurs are willing take on.

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Book Facts:

The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent by Vivek Wadhwa

  • ISBN-10: 1613630212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613630211