Dear Editor,

The United States has always been a land of democracy, freedom and opportunity. Unfortunately, one of the main deterrents to this opportunity for many minorities is our broken immigration system.

I spent years subsidizing the college education of one of my bright interns to cultivate her as a valuable employee for my business. However, my investment in this woman was completely lost when she was forced to return to her home country because she was unable to become an American citizen and her student visa was expiring.

I’m not the only one who believes our immigration system is flawed. A poll by Small Business Majority found nearly nine in 10 entrepreneurs believe that our current immigration system is broken. Additionally, a majority agrees it’s important to allow more high and low skilled foreign workers into the country legally.

I am very happy to see that the president has taken executive action on this, but more work is needed. It’s time for Congress to address this issue and take a stand to help our country shape its future entrepreneurs.

Wafa Kanan

Northridge, CA