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Immigrants a vital part of the Mass. economy

Immigration remains one of the most contentious debates. The US Senate in June passed a sweeping immigration bill, but it has stalled in the Republican-controlled House.

The outcome of this standoff has implications for Massachusetts, where immigration plays a vital role in the economy. Immigration accounts for much of the state’s population growth; foreign-born residents make up 15 percent of the state’s population, compared to 13 percent nationally.

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