Does the U.S. need more immigrant workers?

By Mitchell Hartman in Marketplace

Comprehensive immigration reform — the effort to create a path to legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants, boost border enforcement, and overhaul the legal immigration system — is dead in Congress, at least until after the 2016 election.

But allowing more legal immigrants to come to the U.S. to work year-round is an issue that’s very much alive for employers, who are looking to fill hard manual-labor jobs that they say they can’t find Americans to do, now that the economy’s firing on all cylinders again.

The group ImmigrationWorks USA, which advocates for small and mid-sized businesses, commissioned a poll recently and found that approximately 60 percent of respondents believe the U.S. economy needs, and would benefit from, legal immigrants being admitted via a visa program to do physically-demanding, low-skilled work.

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