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The immigration issue is as hot as ever, but it's no longer just a partisan debate.

This story appears in the October 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Over the past year, perhaps no issue has been as contentious in American politics as immigration. As immigration--both legal and illegal--rises to unparalleled heights, it's dividing the small-business community, which both benefits from immigrant labor and, particularly in border areas, can be hurt by massive immigration.

The immigration issue is also dividing Washington, but not always along party lines, as Entrepreneur's "Point/Counterpoint" team, New York Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Arizona Republican congressman Rick Renzi, reveal.

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