WPLN: “Business Leaders To Legislators: Tennessee Can’t Afford To Be Unwelcoming To Immigrants”

Business leaders swarmed the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to talk about a topic dominating the national news — immigration. Advocates range from the Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

These groups acknowledge that the federal government is in charge, while suggesting there are smaller ways the state could act.

“Rather than criticizing each other — the natives and the immigrants — let’s look at what we can do together to help this great country,” said Ming Wang, a Nashville ophthalmologist and entrepreneur who heads the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce president Ralph Schulz says he’d like to see a revival of legislation that would have given any immigrant student who graduates from a Tennessee high school in-state tuition to four-year schools.

“We believe that it’s really important for those young immigrants to have access to that higher level of education that’s going to create a more qualified workforce for us in the future.”

Read the full story from WPLN: “Business Leaders To Legislators: Tennessee Can’t Afford To Be  Unwelcoming To Immigrants

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