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South Dakota business groups call for immigration reforms

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, families with young children protest the separation...
FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, families with young children protest the separation of immigrant families with a sit-in at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)(AP)
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 5:58 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s most influential business groups are calling for Congress to take up immigration reform to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The group, which included the state’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Retailers Association, and Dairy Producers, cast an economic argument on immigration. They argue the thousands of job openings in the state show the need for legal ways to immigrate.

The group’s call comes as President Joe Biden presses Congress to pass legislation codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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