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Business leaders call for fixing immigration system

October 1, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A new coalition of Massachusetts business leaders is calling for better protections for foreign-born workers and entrepreneurs, including those that help power the state’s booming science and tech sectors.

The Massachusetts Business Coalition on Immigration announced its formation Monday. Officials from Bain and Company, the Worcester Chamber of Commerce and the Kendall Square Association were among the local companies and business organizations signing on.

Similar nonpartisan coalitions are active in Illinois, Florida, Texas and Colorado. Massachusetts officials say they’re developing a policy agenda soon. Members Monday said among the initial priorities will be to ensure companies can still hire high-skilled workers.

They’ll also advocate for legal residency for Haitians, Salvadorans and others on expiring Temporary Protected Status. The group aims to recruit 200 business leaders in the effort.

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