The Immeasurable Value of Immigrants

The history of U.S. immigration goes back almost as far as the country itself, beginning with the very first legislation, the Naturalization Act of 1790, and extending to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (daca) in 2012. But through it all—the surges in immigration and the declines, the welcoming of immigrants with open arms and the attempts to keep them at bay—one thing has remained the same: Immigrants have made their mark on the restaurant industry, be it as chefs, dishwashers, waiters, managers, franchisees, concept creators, or anything in between.