In “Three strikes and you're in,” I endorsed the idea that what Springfield needs to make its economy perk is the entrepreneurial energy and enterprise that immigrants supply.

Turns out that the Small Business Administration commissioned a report on that idea in 2012. Robert W. Fairlie, an economics professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, concluded that the business ownership rate is higher for immigrants than the native-born and that immigrants are more likely to start a business in any given month -- in 2010 more than twice as likely, and the difference is growing.

Fairlie also found that more immigrant-owned companies export their goods and services – thus capturing wealth from other nations -- than do native-owned businesses.

Sounds more like makers rather than takers to me.

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