Immigration Reform A Broader Issue For Minnesota

There are more than 250,000 immigrants in the state, some who would be touched by the new policies.

Minnesota is expected to be among the states most affected by President Obama’s executive order that overhauls the nation’s immigration system.
 
Millions of immigrants live and work in the country, including 250,000 in Minnesota alone. About four million of those who are undocumented nationwide are expected to be protected by the action. In July 2013, Twin Cities Business reported on the changing face of labor in Minnesota and how the business community is pushing for an overhaul of the immigration system.
 
Many immigrants have found considerable success in Minnesota, such as Mahendra Nath, whose restaurant and hospitality company pulls in revenues exceeding $40 million a year.
 
But the matter is particularly pressing in places like Willmar, a small town about 100 miles west of Minneapolis: Immigrants comprise a third of the population, many that are Mexican or Somali, drawn to the area because of the two Jenny-O turkey processing plants. At times, there has been tension between immigrants moving to the area and long-time residents, including a proposal before the city council that would build a partnership with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to look into the immigration status of people who committed crimes.