Shift Sought on Immigration

Des Moines Register
August 20, 2012

A coalition of Midwestern leaders hopes to “give Washington a kick” and jump-start progress on stalled immigration reform, something it calls the key to economic growth.

The task force, co-chaired by former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is pushing for progress through smaller pieces of legislation, instead of waiting for Congress to pass one comprehensive bill.

To build bipartisan consensus, the group is focusing on how increased immigration can boost U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, Culver said Monday at a meeting hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a regional economic development group.

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