Immigrant Contributions to Ohio Are Highlighted in New Study

By Kevin Niedermier, WKSU

The Partnership for a New American Economy study says in 2014 Ohio’s nearly half a million immigrants earned $15.6 billion, or just over 5 percent of the state’s total. And during a press conference on the steps of Cleveland City Hall, Council President Kevin Kelley called for changes that will help keep more of Northeast Ohio’s estimated 5,000 international students here.

“We educate a lot of immigrants but then we don’t let them stay, we don’t maximize the talents they can have with our local economy. They go to other countries that end up competing against us, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. So we really need Congress to act on immigration reform if we want to stay ahead of the curve on competition, innovation and potential growth.”

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