Daily Border Bulletin- Mexicans are the largest number of business owners in the U.S., Border landowners oppose two bills in Congress, Foreign visitors’ spending is up

Immigrants
born in Mexico make up 12 percent of immigrant small business owners, followed by
immigrants born in India, Korea, Cuba, China, and Vietnam, according to a new report  by the Fiscal Policy Institute. A farmer from Montana and a rancher from Arizona wrote an op-ed in Los Angeles Times to express their opposition to bills pending in Congress that would give unrestricted power to the Department of Homeland Security on all public lands within 100 miles of the U.S. borders. The US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration today released tourism data revealing that international visitors spent an estimated US$14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in April 2012 – US$1.5 billion more (12 percent) than was spent in April 2011.

Mexicans are the largest number of business owners in the U.S.- Immigrants
born in Mexico make up 12 percent of immigrant small business owners, followed by
immigrants born in India, Korea, Cuba, China, and Vietnam, according to a new report  by the Fiscal Policy Institute.
“Mexican immigrants are less likely than other  groups to be small business owners, perhaps in part because a high share of Mexican immigrants are not legally authorized to work in the United States. Yet there are nonetheless more small business owners from Mexico than from any other single country. This is no surprise, perhaps, given the size of the Mexican population, though  this does not seem to be the common image of immigrant small business owners.”

Border landowners oppose two bills in Congress- A farmer from Montana and a rancher from Arizona wrote an op-ed in Los Angeles Times to express their opposition to bills pending in Congress that would give unrestricted power to the Department of Homeland Security on all public lands within 100 miles of the U.S. borders.
“Even the DHS is not backing the bills. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate subcommittee in March that unrestricted authority over public lands was unnecessary for the Border Patrol to do its job and was “bad policy.” Those of us who live and work near U.S. borders know that collaboration helps rather than hinders border security efforts.”

Foreign visitors’ spending is up- The US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration today released tourism data revealing that international visitors spent an estimated US$14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in April 2012 – US$1.5 billion more (12 percent) than was spent in April 2011.
“The new data reaffirms the importance of the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase travel and tourism in the United States and comes on the heels of the release of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy last month. The National Strategy is a blueprint for the Federal government to welcome 100 million international visitors each year by the end of 2021. The visitors would spend an estimated US$250 billion per year, supporting more jobs and spurring economic growth in communities across the country.”

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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