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November 19, 2009

Immigration key to business growth

Immigrants add $400 million to Minnesota economy


We only have to remember the contributions of immigrants past - Norwegians, Swedes, Germans, Irish, French - to realize the economic value they bring to the state.

The report authors recommend there's much to do to fully integrate that state's immigrants into social and economic life. Part of that will require resources to make sure young immigrants are staying in school and later getting the job training they need.

The report will add facts to the usually emotional immigrant debate at the Legislature. We hope legislators at state and national level can act on those facts and boost the economy with sensible and reasonable immigration policies.

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