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Panel meeting to discuss impact of 'Dreamers' on Kansas City area

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Based on data from 2015, there are more than 7,000 immigrant entrepreneurs in the metro area. (CBS) Based on data from 2015, there are more than 7,000 immigrant entrepreneurs in the metro area. (CBS)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

President Donald Trump recently decided to increase restrictions for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as 'Dreamers.'

The move has stirred controversy throughout the country and has business leaders in the Kansas City area worried that some prominent and involved metro reamers could be deported.

Trump reversed the Dream Act in September.

Based on data from 2015, there are more than 7,000 immigrant entrepreneurs in the metro area, and research shows that the role immigrants play in the workforce has helped create or preserve more than 6,000 local manufacturing jobs.

Data from 2014 also shows that more than 6,000 college-educated immigrants have moved to the Kansas City area, with many staying and joining the workforce. About 30 'Dreamers' currently attend UMKC.

On Wednesday, a panel will meet at Union Station to discuss the impact of 'Dreamers' on the metro.

The panel will feature immigration experts, representatives from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a dreamer, telling his story.

Wednesday's panel begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m.

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