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Asheville chamber joins effort to protect Dreamers

Asheville's Chamber of Commerce is uniting with 50 chambers across the U.S., calling for support and protection for immigrant Dreamers. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Asheville's Chamber of Commerce is uniting with 50 chambers across the U.S., calling for support and protection for immigrant Dreamers.

Members of Asheville's chamber helped write the open letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others. It asks for bi-partisan Dreamer laws.

The chamber's Corey Atkins said in North Carolina the population is vital to the economy.

"Small, medium, large business all say they have a shortage of workforce and the workforce available they need to recruit and help train those folks to do jobs in their industry. So, we see the immigrant population, particularly the kids in DACA, as one facet to help with that shortage of workforce and talent," Atkins said.

The letter details that businesses -- from agriculture to Fortune 500 companies -- are represented by the chambers supporting bi-partisan legislation.

Asheville's chamber is one of 15 closely involved in a public policy organization focusing on immigration reform.

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