Steve Tobocman, one of the driving forces of the Global Detroit initiative is a guest speaker at the League Convention on multiculturalism. During his morning introductory speech, Tobocman revealed some hard facts to dispel many of the current myths surrounding America's "immigration problem."
Here are just a few:
According to national statistics on violent crime, some of the nation's safest cities are San Diego, Phoenix, El Paso and Austin -- all in border states.
In fact, the incarceration rate among immigrants is 1/5 that of U.S. born residents.
Immigrants are three times as likely to start a business in Michigan, and 1.89 times as likely in the rest of the U.S.
37% of immigrants are college-educated, compared to 23.7% of non-immigrants.
Immigrants in college are three times as likely to be majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
32.8% of all high-tech firms in Michigan were started by immigrants, ranking Michigan third in the nation.
Studies in Baltimore showed immigrants are essential to stabilizing inner city populations and keep cities vital moving into the future.
These are important messages in a time when fear and emotion-based reasoning have replaced facts in the national dialogue on immigration, said Tobocman.
Convention goers will hear more about how multiculturalism can help drive Michigan's future during a breakout session today.