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Immigration Reform Good for Small Business, Maine Group says
04/04/2013 12:24 PM ET  

A group of advocates in Maine says a new national poll indicates that two-thirds of small business owners favor immigration reform.

Small business advocates gathered at a downtown Portland store this morning to show support for immigration reform.

Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition were reacting to a new national poll showing that two-thirds of small business owners favor immigration reform, including setting up a so-called "roadmap" to citizenship for the 11 million-plus immigrants living the U.S.

The coalition's Kevin Simowitz says immigrants are job-creators, pointing out that, according to the poll, they're twice as likely as U.S.-born citizens to start a small business.

"The poll demonstrates something that I think we've seen across the country, which is that there's widespread agreement that the current immigration system doesn't work for small business owners," Simowitz says. "They have a stake in the local economy as well as the local community."

The poll - which was commissioned by the Main Street Alliance and American Sustainable Business Council - surveyed 515 business owners, each with less than 100 employees.

This story was reported and written by Tom Porter.



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