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Rep. Ellmers moderates immigration reform discussion in Cary

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CARY, N.C. -

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers moderated a panel of local business leaders as part of a discussion on immigration reform and its impact on North Carolina's economy.

The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

The panel stopped short of laying out a specific plan for immigration reform, but a group of about a dozen employers and religious leaders touted why they believe congress should figure out a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

The panel's argument is that immigration reform is good for North Carolina's economy. They say undocumented immigrants provide $13 billion to North Carolina's economy

The president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau sat on the panel, along with employers, including a landscaper who said it's hard for him to find Americans who will do the hard outdoor work of landscaping for his business.

Employers with the food industry including the restaurant Golden Corral echoed those sentiments, saying many times undocumented workers are the only people who will do certain food service jobs.

Ellmers stopped short from describing a specific immigration reform plan but made it clear she wants congress to take up the issue.

"It's easy to say send them all back. But this is the country they've grown up in, knowing we should be doing everything we can to help them and open those doors," Ellmers said.

Those who are against immigration reform say reform could cost citizens jobs and let undocumented immigrants avoid prosecution for violating the law.


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