For years, I`ve been pointing at the dog that didn`t bark
— the remarkable failure of Latin American immigrants to contribute to California`s high tech industries. Granted, the new much-publicized
Duke study [PDF
]finding that 1/4th of technology start-ups are founded by immigrants never gets around to saying that in so many words, but if you check the data carefully, that`s what you find. You are going to hear a lot of heehawing over how this study proves we benefit from Open Borders, but what it shows instead is that tens of millions of illegal immigrants have contributed almost nothing to high tech in America.
For example, Graph 5a is "Immigrant Groups Founding Engineering and Technology Companies in California."
India is out in front at 20%, followed by Taiwan (13%), and China (10%). This time, Mexico makes the chart, but with only 1%. That`s not a lot of return for having 10,000,000 Mexicans in California.
Similarly, Chart 10 shows patent applications by non-citizen immigrants over the last 20 years. Mexicans, who are by far the largest number of non-citizens in America, don`t even make the top 20: Chinese & Taiwanese are first, followed by India, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Russia. Heck, Turkey makes the top 20, and there are hardly any Turks in America. But not Mexico (or any other Latin American country).
[Cross-posted at Isteve.com