Immigration

Commonsense immigration reform would boost economic growth, create jobs, and spur innovation and entrepreneurship. And it would renew America's legacy of being an open and welcoming country where anyone who works hard can achieve his or her dreams.

Our Priorities

Throughout our history, America has had the opportunity to grow and thrive because we have attracted and welcomed the most talented and the hardest working people to our shores. But today our immigration system is broken and failing to meet the needs of our society, our economy, our businesses, and our workers.

To help advance reform, the Chamber's Employment Policy division is a leader in a broad coalition of supporters that spans industries and includes labor, law enforcement, the faith-based community, and ethnic organizations. The Chamber is committed to working with Congress and the administration to implement commonsense immigration reforms. 

Priority

Reforming immigration policy to encourage economic growth and job creation in the U.S.
  • Protect Dreamers, TPS recipients, and employment-authorized H-4 dependent spouses from losing their work authorization. 
  • Enact much-needed improvements to our nation’s border security efforts. 
  • Seek cap increases and other reforms to employment-based visa programs to provide employers with the ability to meet their workforce needs in a timely manner. 
  • Encourage oversight of administrative actions that hinder the ability of employers to hire or continue employing legal immigrant workers. 
  • Promote international tourism to the U.S. by extending Visa Waiver Program membership to critical U.S. allies, expanding Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs, and increasing the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at our nation’s ports of entry to make the inspection process for all travelers more efficient. 

Part of the America Works Initiative

Helping your company and our country solve our workforce challenges.

 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseOct 13, 2021 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Lift of Non-Essential Travel Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Immigration Policy Jon Baselice released the following statement today on the amended DHS regulations to allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate paperwork to enter the U.S.:

Press ReleaseSep 16, 2021 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Applauds H-1B Visa Ruling

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Immigration Policy Jon Baselice released the following statement today on the recent ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Chamber of Commerce v. DHS over H-1B visa restrictions.

Letters to CongressJul 30, 2021 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the Nomination of Ur Jaddou to be Director of USCIS

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting the nomination of Ur Jaddou to be director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Above the FoldJul 26, 2021 - 3:30pm
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Why Immigration Reform Matters to Local Communities

It has to be part of the solution for future economic growth and sustained prosperity. 

EventJul 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Join us on July 22 for Putting Communities First: How Immigration Reform Will Drive Economic Growth.

Putting Communities First: How Immigration Reform Will Drive Economic Growth

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for Immigration Across the Nation: An Economic Imperative. This event will bring together stakeholders to discuss the significant negative impacts our broken immigration system has on states and local communities and industries across the country.

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2021 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting S. 1358 / H.R. 2839, the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021.”

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2021 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Labor and HHS Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, on the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressJul 12, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Homeland Security Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressJun 17, 2021 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3897, the "H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 3897, the "H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021." This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

EventJun 02, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Workforce: Teaser

Workforce: A Call to Action

As the nation rebuilds and makes strides toward recovery, we need an approach to putting Americans back to work that is simple, fast, and employer-led. It must address immediate employment needs while also laying the foundation for a modernized, adaptive, and resilient workforce development system.