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Immigration reform critical to Iowa’s economic health

April 20, 2014
Terri Reynolds, Cedar Rapids , Times-Republican

Although it is easy to associate immigration with border security alone, it is actually an issue of significance to Iowans. As a national leader in agriculture, the success of this state's 92,856 farms is critical to our overall economic health. We sell more than $20 billion in agricultural products each year, and one of every 10 workers in this sector is noncitizen. Reform efforts aimed at expanding temporary worker programs could have an incredibly positive impact on Iowa's agricultural industry. Programs similar to last summer's Senate bill would mean 961 new jobs for citizens and immigrants, and increase Iowa's real personal income by $58 million in 2012 dollars.



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