ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Missouri should do more to increase diversity says the former director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Missouri’s Hispanic population increased by 79 percent since 2000, according to the most recent census. 

Jorge Riopedre now heads up a wellness clinic called Casa de Salud or “House of Health”.  

“I think that Missouri and any other state that wants to be at the forefront of economic development, of prosperity, of stability, need to be states that are open and welcoming to diversity,” Ripedre said.

Hispanics make up three percent each of St. Louis County and St. Charles County. 

If you’re wondering how many are here illegally, Riopedre says by law the Census Bureau can’t share data with other government agencies, including immigration officials.

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