We couldn’t be more elated than when we saw NASA launching for the first time in history a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft: the SpaceX Crew Dragon this past weekend.
To see our country soar to new heights, explore unseen technologies, and be once again at the forefront of space exploration brought a flood of emotions. This marvelous endeavor, envisioned and led by an immigrant, South African native Elon Musk, who came to the U.S. on an H-1B visa, made us even prouder and happier to do what we do: help foreign nationals start and grow successful businesses in the U.S.
World Tech Startup History Made Possible by a U.S. Immigrant
Musk was born in 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa, and moved to Canada to live with his mother after his parents divorced. He attended college in Ontario and then in Pennsylvania, where he started his entrepreneurial experiments by creating a nightclub out of a frat house. He was accepted for PhD studies at Stanford University, but opted to begin starting a mind-boggling string of future-tech businesses instead. Tesla Motors and Hyperloop, a vacuum transport system that could transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, are two ongoing cutting-edge companies he started, along with The Boring Company, which will create tunnel systems underneath cities to provide traffic-free high speed travel.
Today, Mr. Musk’s companies generate about 56,000 direct jobs.
Dreams as Expansive as the Universe
Flash forward to 2015, by which time Musk’s company SpaceX had made 24 launches on assignments like re-supplying the International Space Station, setting records along the way: in 2016 the SpaceX Falcon 9 made the first ocean landing of a reusable orbital rocket.
Serving on President Trump’s business advisory council early in the administration, Musk departed the council after Trump would not take his advice to have the U.S. continue to be a part of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Musk continues to be a highly visible entrepreneur and business icon.
Thank you Mr. Musk, for showing the world what immigration is all about: a group effort, a melting pot of capabilities that begins with individual dreams of betterment but ends in bringing growth, fruition, and even more prosperity to our beautiful United States.