Teton County Latinos Eye Immigration Reform
Jackson, WY – Illegal immigrants from Mexico in Teton
County say they would suffer and the county's economy would suffer if immigration reforms forced them to return to their home country.
Teton County's Latino population has grown by 400 percent since 1995, and now make up 15 percent of the population.
That number is likely to grow. In 2005, 24 percent of the babies born at St. John's Medical Center in Jackson were born to Hispanic families.
Jackson's service-based economy attracts immigrant workers because businesses demand their services.
Jen Solis is a program coordinator with the Latino Resource Center in Jackson.
She says if illegal immigrants were deported, many businesses would be forced to shut down and it could cripple the resort town's economy.