St. Louis Business Leaders Take Immigration Push To Washington

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

St. Louis business leaders are urging lawmakers in Washington to move swiftly with reforms that could bring immigrants to the St. Louis Area.

“We have to throw the doors open to St. Louis,” Joe Reagan, the president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, said today at a conference aimed at mobilizing Midwesterners to become involved in broad-scale changes in the nation’s immigration policies taking shape in Washington.

A report released at the gathering concluded that the Midwest urgently needs both high-skilled, educated new people as well as low-skilled immigrants to sustain businesses.

This comes one day after the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report suggesting immigration reform could create up to 1.6 million jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years.

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