Putting aside the sometimes-nasty debate over immigration reform, here are some facts worth considering: (1) Since 1995, almost a third of Silicon Valley start-ups were founded by Indians or Chinese. (2) Of the people earning doctoral degrees in computer science and engineering at leading U.S. universities, about 40 percent
are foreign-born.

These numbers from The Economist could be a starting point for a conversation about what’s wrong with public schools in the U.S., but today they are relevant as indicators of how immigration powers economic and technical development in the U.S.

For Sunday Forum, an article from The Economist will profile the immigrant success story, reflected, in part, in a new move called “The Namesake.”

-Pete Golis.