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.
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