PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – A Port Chester businessman was featured Sunday by the New York Times in a story that suggests entrepreneurial immigrants, even if they are undocumented, could help boost the American economy.
“While the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally are often portrayed as dishwashers, farmhands, gardeners and other low-paid service workers, increasingly they are also business owners and employers,” the report said.
The Port Chester man – referred to in the story only as Moises because of risk of deportation – arrived in the U.S. 20 years ago, owns two restaurants and is about to open a third. He has five employees, an American wife and stepdaughter. Since Moises cannot obtain a driver’s license – he does not even have a green card that permits him to reside in the country – he has to rely on public transportation to get to and from his restaurants, according to The New York Times.
The story discusses the immigration bill proposed last month by a bipartisan group of senators that would offer undocumented residents the ability to work and travel legally.
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