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    Un presidente de unacorporacin tec-nolgica y un con-serje tienen algo en comn en elValle del Silicio: Son inmi-grantes que contribuyen a laeconoma de California.

    Un reciente reporte publi-cado recientemente detalla lasvaliosas contribuciones de losinmigrantes en la regin deSanta Clara.

    El reporte titulado "Perspectivas Futuras: Contribucinde Inmigrantes al Estado Do-rado" muestra amplias estadsti-cas asi como informacin localde seis regiones claves comoFresno, San Diego, San Jos,rea de la Baha, Inland Empirey el Condado de Orange.

    En este reporte se muestrala contribucin de impuestos delos inmigrantes, tipos de empre-sarios y nmero de nuevosvotantes.

    En una conferencia deprensa presentada en las afuerasdel municipio de San Jos, elConcejal Kansen Shu, el Presi-

    dente de la Corporacin RaziMohiudin, la Directora dePoltica DE SEIU 1877, SylviaRuiz, Directora Ejecutiva de laComunidad Africana, MannaTeaclemariam, David Zhang,Administrador de de New TanDynasty Television. y el Direc-tor Asociado de La Red de Ser-vicios y Educacin ParaInmigrantes, Richard Hobbs re-marcaron la importancia de lacontribucin, liderazgo y diver-sidad.

    El reporte indica que losgastos de los inmigrantes mslas contribuciones de impuestosayudan a la economa de Cali-fornia.

    El estudio tambin indicaque los inmigrantes proveen liderazgo y trabajo para las indus-trias crecientes en California.

    Segn una encuesta deAmerican Community Surveyms de un cuarto de los resi-dentes de California son inmi-grantes un promedio ms quecualquier otro estado en Califor-nia. Ms de 9 millones de inmi-grantes residentes sonciudadanos.

    "Siempre hay una sensacinde que los inmigrantes son unacarga en lugar de contribucin",dijo Razi Mohiudin, Co-fun-dador de Speed Iron.

    En el rea de la Baha, el 30por ciento de los residentes enSan Francisco, Alameda, ContraCosta y San Mateo son inmi-grantes, en comparacin con el27 por ciento de todo el estado.Aproximadamente un tercio deesta poblacin es de ascendencialatina, pero en el rea de laBaha se diferencia de otras re-giones en su mayora lapoblacin es de orgien asitico.Ms de la mitad de los inmi-grantes de la regin son de ori-

    gen asitico, dijo ConcejalKansen Chu.

    Al igual que el resto de California, cerca de la mitad de losnios en el rea de la Bahatienen al menos un padre inmi-grante.

    La mano de obra de un in-migrante es una parte importanteen los servicios de ali-mentacin, mantenimiento,limpieza y otras industrias,segn Sylvia Ruiz, represen-tantes de los trabajadores unidosen un sindicato.

    Tres cuartas partes de loscocineros de la regin son inmi-grantes, como lo son el 58 porciento de los chefs y cocinerosde la cabeza, y el 68 por cientode los lavavajillas. De los traba-jadores nacidos en el extranjeroconstituyen el 84 por ciento delas criadas y los limpiadores decasa, y ms del 90 por ciento delos sastres del rea de la Baha,modistos y operadores demquinas de coser.

    Alrededor del 62 por cientode los inmigrantes mayores de16 aos participan en la fuerzade trabajo-la misma tasa que losno inmigrantes, segn el in-forme. Los inmigrantes consti-tuyen ms de un tercio de lafuerza laboral de la regin yaportan alrededor del 22 porciento del producto interno brutodel rea de la Baha.

    Debido a que los nmerosse basan en datos del censo, nohay distincin entre inmigranteslegales e ilegales.El informe in-cluye a ambos.

    En general, los inmigrantestienden a participar fuertementeen la fuerza de trabajo, y tienenmayores tasas de propiedad dela vivienda.

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    By Hilbert Morales - El Observador

    A NeglectedPriorityLet's go back to the Presidential election 2008where Barack Obama, candidate, eloquentlytold the people that he would, as a first pri-

    ority, address "the people's business." Their concerns,then as now were the lack of jobs and the failure of theAmerican economy to continue to provide opportunityand access to the American Dream. What made Americathe most powerful nation in the world was its economyand its open access to success if one's work was merito-rious.

    If one considers the American Consumer Economyas it used to be, there was a time when each of us, re-gardless of ethnicity, social station, or political persua-sion could aspire to beingupwardly mobile. We could con-sider becoming well educated be-yond high school; of owning avehicle and a home. It was possi-ble for any of us to achieve thosegoals through our own honestlabor. Too many of us who hadmiddle class incomes have re-cently joined the ranks of the poorbecause our jobs have been out-sourced to locations where thelabor costs are lower. Too manyof us were injured seriously bythe greed and avarice of the majorfinancial giants who were notmonitored nor regulated. Thesewere the firms that caused the cli-mate of distrust resulting from the excessive valuationof financial instruments called "derivatives." Yet to savethe global financial system, American leaders authorizeda massive bailout, which seems to be successful forthose who are wealthy, have influence and privilege. Butnot for the rest of us who cannot find employment noraspire to being re-educated and re-trained. And for thoseof us living on fixed retirement incomes, our annuitieshave decreased in value resulting in loss of retirementincome. This process has impacted millions of us.

    President Obama has three years to prepare for the'Presidential Election 2012'. In fact, there is still time tonot lose additional 2010 mid-term elections. What willraise his administration's approval rating is a focus onthe neglected priorities which impact too many Ameri-cans today. Can the Senate, House and White Housepush measures to change things for the people experi-encing personal financial crisis?

    Yes, of course. What is recommended is that therules of purchase contracts be changed throughout thefinancial system. For example, if one purchases a vehi-cle or a home or runs up a student loan which becomesdue, all these contractual obligations need to have a de-fault clause which permits the individual to retain ben-eficial use of the vehicle or home just by payment ofinterest due on the principal sum balance. This wouldeliminate repossession of vehicles and foreclosure ofhomes per the current purchase contract system, whichassumes that employment of the purchaser, is ensuredand constant. In addition, those having student loanscould work off those student loans by accepting posi-

    tions in underserved areas and/orpayment of just the interest duewhen underemployed or unem-ployed.

    In addition, the Small Busi-ness Administration needs toback up many more unsecuredloans to small businesses, espe-cially those located in areas ex-periencing very highunemployment rates. It is thesmall business entrepreneursw