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Should Florida Love Immigration Reform?

A Panel Assesses What the Proposed Legislation In Congress Would Mean For Miami

A higher percentage of immigrants live, work, and own businesses in Miami than in any other city in America. But as comfortable as South Florida has become with absorbing people from around the world, the region could soon experience big changes in the ways that new arrivals—and long-time residents—become part of its fabric. At a Zócalo/Azteca America event at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower, a panel discussed what the immigration reform bill currently on the table in Congress might mean for Miami and its environs. New America Foundation vice president Andrés Martinez, the panel’s moderator, opened the discussion by asking Miami-Dade County chief economist Robert Cruz to put immigration today in South Florida in a larger historical context. Cruz explained that after World War II, immigration to Miami exploded; in 1940, Miami-Dade County had under 30,000 foreign-born residents. By 1960, …