The Partnership for a New American Economy has gathered statistics that show the economic impact of immigrants in the United States, and launched an interactive online map, called the “Map of Impact,” that showcases new research on the contributions immigrants have on the communities throughout the country.
According to its Facebook page, the organization wants to ensure that S.C. policymakers support immigration reform policies that will promote continued economic growth, and protect the rights of S.C. immigrants.
Immigration reform is one of the key issues facing farmers in South Carolina, said Gary Spires, director of government relations for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.
“Immigration reform is vital for us to have a legal workforce, so we can plant our crops,” Spires said. “Crops are perishable, and there is a window of time in which we can get them in and out. It’s imperative to have a reliable workforce when needed.”
Spires said his group is adhering to the H2B visa program which is a temporary work visa for foreign workers with a job offer for seasonal work in the U.S. It is open to nationals of countries designated by the United State Secretary of Homeland and is capped at 66,000 visas per year.
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