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Biz groups worried politics will muddy immigration plans

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Business groups across the state are making an organized pushback against political arguments over immigration. They say Michigan and the US should develop policies that encourage immigrants to settle in Michigan.

The groups include the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

       Brad Williams with the Detroit chamber says Michigan needs more immigrants as employers are competing for workers.

“This is a market-based problem, right? They are in this country because their labor is in demand.”

       The groups are pushing back against campaigns using immigration as a political wedge issue. But they also say developing sensible policies that work for immigrants and for businesses will probably have to wait until after this year’s elections.