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Local business leaders discuss future of immigration reform

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Local and regional business leaders came together Monday to talk about the future of the country's immigrant workers.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, along with business and faith leaders, gathered to discuss the next steps toward local immigration reform.

Those in attendance said they hope to work with the President-Elect and Congress to create an economy in which no American is left out.

"Business owners rely on certainty to get the job done, and without a working immigration system, business owners have a hard time knowing what they need to look for," said Maggie Sheely from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"When people think of immigration, we are thinking of unskilled jobs, and sometimes that is the case," said Jeff Griffin, President of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

"But, there are also a great deal of engineering jobs, jobs within agriculture, and there is room for them in the workplace," said Griffin.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, immigrants make up over 13 percent of the U.S. population. 

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