Utah immigrants pay $1.2 billion taxes and have about $4 billion in spending power per year.
They account for 8.6 percent of the state population, running businesses that provide jobs for more than 31,000 people, and they have a reputation of entrepreneurship and special skills.
They also support the agriculture, construction and restaurant industries, by taking many jobs that others do not want.
Utah leaders gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to acknowledge immigrant contributions to the state’s economy and demand that Congress fix a “broken” and outdated system, the same day that the Trump administration made public an executive order tightening immigration enforcement policies.
Utah politicians, business owners and community leaders said at the morning news conference — part of the New American Economy’s national Day of Action — that the current immigration policy does not provide an efficient pathway to legal residency. New American Economy is an organization that brings together politicians and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans.
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