While anti-immigrant attention is being drawn to events in Arizona and inflammatory comments are being made by politicians in other states, Minnesota lawmakers and state officials are receiving a study on their desks that makes these sober assessments:
We depend on immigration in Minnesota. Our state economy and quality of life will become even more dependent on immigration in the coming decade.
These points generally summarize the findings of Prof. Katherine Fennelly, an immigration and public policy expert at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, and graduate student Anne Huart. They've researched and written a comprehensive report: "2010: The Economic Impact of Immigrants in Minnesota," that is now being printed and distributed to state officials by a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation.