Quad City-Times: Embrace immigrant past, be welcoming community

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Immigrants are more likely to start a business than native-born Americans and are particularly over-represented in Main Street business -- retail, restaurants and neighborhood services -- that are crucial to local economies. They also contribute to local tax bases. Even unauthorized immigrants paid $11.74 billion in state and local taxes in 2014 ($758 million just in Illinois), according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Read more