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CEOs, College Execs Summit to Call for Immigration Overhaul

(FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Central American migrants wait to see if their number will be called to cross the border and apply for asylum in the United States, at the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day, falsely believing they will be able to enter the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. While President Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump’s hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn’t lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers. AP Photo: Emilio Espejel, File)

BOSTON (AP):- HARVARD University’s president and executives from Boston’s biotech industry are among more than 200 business, higher education and political leaders from New England gathering virtually for a Friday summit focused on “sensible immigration solutions” following the introduction Thursday of an immigration overhaul bill by Democrats in Congress.

The New England Business Immigration Summit will call attention to federal and state immigration measures they believe would help with the economic recovery from the pandemic, organizers said.

That includes visas for high- and low-skilled workers and a path to legalization and citizenship for the 11 million people living in the country illegally, starting with those working in essential industries as well as those on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, Colby College President David Greene and Tyson Foods Vice President David Barber are among those expected to participate, along with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, U.S. Sen. Angus King, a Maine Independent, and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat.

The summit’s hosts are the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, American Business Immigration Coalition, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, among other groups.

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