The Baltimore Sun's Voter Guide 2016


Immigrants play big role in the Maryland economy

Immigrants play big role in the Maryland economy

Eshhaq Rafiq's parents fled Afghanistan for the United States during the Soviet occupation of that country. Mei Xu left China after the university student was assigned to warehouse work for re-education after the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Juan Barbaran came to America from Peru, seeking new opportunities after the promising soccer player broke his leg in a match.

The three, who came from different places and different circumstances, all wound up opening businesses to pursue the American Dream. They are among many foreign-born entrepreneurs in Maryland and nationwide who are creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Immigrants were almost twice as likely to start a company as...