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Immigration executive order causes anxiety in Indiana

(Feb. 16, 2017) -- In Indiana, Vice President Pence's hometown has one of the top concentrations of skilled immigrant workers in the country. In Columbus, Ind., manufacturers and residents depend on open borders to move both products and people, but continued uncertainty over the Trump administration's immigration policies is leading to some anxiety there.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — In Indiana, Vice President Pence’s hometown has one of the top concentrations of skilled immigrant workers in the country. In Columbus, Ind., manufacturers and residents depend on open borders to move both products and people, but continued uncertainty over the Trump administration’s immigration policies is leading to some anxiety there.

The first thing to know about Columbus, about 45 miles south of Indianapolis, is that it’s a company town — the headquarters of Cummins, a big global engine-maker. Its local staff represents a fifth of the Bartholomew County’s entire labor force.

The second thing to know is that this town has the lowest unemployment rate in Indiana.

Read the full story by NPR.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

2 comments

  1. A Concerned American in Idaho

    CLASSIC liberal fear-mongering. There is not a single case of a LEGAL immigrant, especially one who is an employed engineer, being deported, detained or even harassed by the government. These people have nothing to fear and are very welcome in our country. No one is advocating for legal immigrants to be deported, the only people who have anything to fear are the ones that are here without documentation or permission.

    I just get so frustrated with a media like NPR that goes and find someone who has nothing to fear and gets them all fired up and scared. Knowledge is the key to these people being able to relax and enjoy being part of our American society. They have been and always will be welcome. I just question how many people working on the production line have sketchy paperwork.

  2. NPR is garbage, and has been drowning in their own liberal tears since election day. NO ONE is suggestion that ANY legal citizens should be deported, immigrant or not. I’m running out of words to describe how disgusted I am that anyone actually believes this crap.

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