Commentary / Innovation Should Know No Bounds: Limits Set by Our Immigration Law Make No Sense

March 20, 2012Articles Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
From where I sit on the 29th floor of a Downtown office building, looking at the confluence of the rivers, Pittsburgh looks like the center of the universe. The three rivers helped this community to develop into a capital of industrial might, with raw materials coming down the Allegheny and the Monongahela being transformed into a steel industry that transported its products across the country and around the world.

Much of the labor that mined the raw materials, produced the steel, operated the barges and railroads, organized the workers and managed the enterprises was provided by immigrants. Scottish-born Andrew Carnegie built a steel empire that has employed hundreds of thousands of Americans, and gave away an estimated $350 million to help nonprofit institutions to flourish.

Our country needs to do more to remove the obstacles that keep future Andrew Carnegies from succeeding.

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