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Immigration reform promises to transform life in South Florida. For years Floridians hired, educated, and interacted on a daily basis with people whose legal status is uncertain. Bringing them into the system could change Miami’s economy, schools, and politics as more people become able to start businesses, pursue higher education, and participate fully in civic life without fear of legal repercussions. New legislation could also help local businesses recruit and hire the workers they need. But immigration reform also poses potential challenges—from higher labor costs to increased demand for already strained public services. Can Miami prepare to become a post-immigration-reform city—and does the 1986 amnesty hold any lessons for South Florida’s future? U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, TIME Magazine Senior National Correspondent Michael Grunwald, Haitian Women of Miami Executive Director Marleine Bastien, and Miami-Dade County Chief Economist Robert Cruz visit Zócalo to discuss what immigration reform would mean for us all.
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