Space X shows contributions of immigrants

Last Tuesday, the world watched as Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket carrying his cherry red Tesla Roadster. The launch was an overwhelming success. SpaceX not only successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, but it landed both booster engines back on earth at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is hard to remember all of the firsts Elon Musk and SpaceX have accomplished, but what is probably most important is that Elon Musk has renewed America’s interest in space exploration. Policymakers, teachers and academics have long lamented the decline in America’s enthusiasm for the space program. The routine of Space Shuttle launches in the ’90s and early 2000s just didn’t spark the interest of the American public like the Apollo program.

America is smitten with space flight again, but this time America’s engineering achievements are not built by a government, but by an immigrant. Lost in the debate about DACA and Dreamers is an ancillary battle to limit the number of legal immigrants who come to America. A battle to limit the number of Elon Musks who have the ability to reshape our economy and retool our imagination.

Tuesday, we saw the best of America’s immigration system, but if we limit it, the next great achievement may not come from the United States.


How many Dreamers play by the rules?

The United States, a country of law, has always been willing to accept people of other countries who come to our great country legally to apply for citizenship. How many of the 1.8 million Dreamers have taken the legal steps to become a legal U.S. citizen? How many of the Dreamers are willing to follow U.S. law?


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Partying like it’s 1998

And now for something completely similar. For a while, those of us who devoted a lot of time to understanding the Asian financial crisis two decades ago were wondering whether Turkey was going to stage a re-enactment. Sure enough, that’s what seems to be happening. Here’s the script: start with a country that, for whatever reason, became...
Opinion: Should algorithmd decide who gets criminal bail?

Civil rights groups signed a statement in late July calling for states to ditch pretrial risk assessment tools as a means of evaluating whether an individual accused of a crime should be detained pretrial, contending such data-driven tools do little to remedy racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Conservatives, meanwhile, have expressed...

NFL players’ irresponsibility contributes to problem they protest Children raised in a fatherless home, especially black children, are more likely to engage in criminal behavior and therefore have more contact with police. When football players father a child with a woman to whom they are not married – or living with – they are contributing...
Opinion: A great moment in black history

In 2006, Leonard Pitts wrote this column based on an interview with Ron Stallworth, who, 12 years later, is the subject of Spike Lee’s latest film, “BlacKkKlansman.” In 1979, Stallworth was an intelligence officer with the Colorado Springs police department. He infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, a hate group, and even developed a relationship...
Opinion: Markets know better than bureaucrats what society needs

Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North Carolina’s intervention in the medical-devices market. Born in India, Dr. Gajendra...
More Stories