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Gov. Snyder says Michigan doesn’t need Arizona-style immigration law

State Rep. Dave Agema may want an Arizona-still immigration law in Michigan but his fellow Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says such a law would be both unnecessary and divisive.

AP reports:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told an audience of Hispanic business leaders that the state doesn’t need an immigration enforcement law like the one causing controversy in Arizona.

Snyder told members of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Thursday in Detroit that such a law would “encourage a divisive atmosphere.”

A report from the Michigan League for Human Services concluded that such a law would damage Michigan’s economy, as it has in Arizona.

One Michigan, a pro-immigration group, praised Snyder’s position in an email to the Michigan Messenger:

We are glad that Governor Snyder is not supportive of Arizona type legislation. Immigrants contribute greatly to Michigan economy. Immigrant communities have been a key factor in the revitalization of Detroit. If Governor Snyder sees the true value in immigrant communities, he would make an investment in immigrants. By providing undocumented students in-state tuition, he is giving immigrant youth an opportunity to continue their studies in Michigan and further invest in Michigan. By having the state withdraw from anti-immigrant policies like secure communities, we can insure immigrants remain in Michigan.

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