Minnesota Public Radio: Immigrants boost Worthington economy

EXCERPT: “During a time when immigrants are often under fire, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis had some nice things to say about them this week. During a two day visit to Worthington, Neel Kashkari said immigrants are helping that southwest Minnesota city grow, something many communities in rural parts of the state can only hope for. ‘Immigration is playing such a big role, so that the population is increasing and they’re filling a lot of really important jobs,’ said Kashkari. ‘They can drive the economy.’ Many of those jobs are at a meatpacking plant that dominates the east side of town, and employs more than 2,000 people. Others are at some of the city’s new immigrant-owned stores and companies. Kashkari met with some immigrant business owners during his visit to find out what sorts of problems they faced.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2JrZ8Pe