SD Coalition Calling For Immigration Reform

     A coalition of South Dakota’s most influential business groups is calling for Congress to take up immigration reform to protect so-called Dreamers – immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. 

       The group – which includes the state’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Retailers Association, and Dairy Producers – offers an economic reason for immigration reform.

      They argue the thousands of job openings in South Dakota show the need for legal ways to immigrate. 

       Their call comes as President Joe Biden presses Congress to pass legislation codifying DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides temporary protection for Dreamers but must be renewed every 2 years.