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New Study Shows Benefit of Immigration Reform to Alaskan Economy

NEW AMERICANS AN ECONOMIC FORCE IN THE LAST FRONTIER

JUNEAU, AK – According to a new study released by the Immigration Policy Center, Immigrants in Alaska are a growing political and economic force. The report highlights a population trend in Alaska that shows the foreign born population growing from 4% in 1990 to almost 8% of the Alaska population in 2007. Not only is Alaska quickly diversifying, new residents have incredible buying power - over $2 billion between Asian and Latino communities alone.

Reform Immigration FOR America is a bipartisan campaign working to forge a common sense solution to our broken immigration system. Immigrants provide a vital economic and business benefit to Alaska. With the state standing to lose up to $480 million in expenditures, $215 million in economic output, and nearly 2,000 jobs if deportation were enforced, the group is working for a solution that finds common ground between business, labor, and Alaskan families that benefits all Alaskans and Americans. Alaska needs realistic, pragmatic solutions to our broken immigration system.

“Immigration is a pressing issue for the Alaskan economy and Alaskan families,” said Molly Haigh, Alaska Director of Reform Immigration FOR America. “This new report underscores the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform that will help get Alaska’s economy moving and recognizes the enormous economic contributions of Alaskan immigrants.”

Republican and Democratic Senators Senators Lindsay Graham (R - SC) and Chuck Shumer (D – NY) are working together to find common ground on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Alaskans of both parties want our leaders to find realistic solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. Comprehensive immigration reform presents a golden opportunity for Senator Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Begich (D-AK) to lead at a national level by joining Senators Graham and Schumer and working on bipartisan negotiations in the U.S. Senate.

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