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Immigration

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.

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.

For more information, visit the Chamber's immigration policy website, Making Immigration Work.

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Our Position

America cannot compete and win in a global economy without the world's best talent, hardest workers, or biggest dreamers. An outdated and inefficient U.S. immigration system has created too many barriers for individuals seeking the opportunity to work hard and contribute to our economy. If they can't put their dreams to work here--creating growth, driving productivity, attracting investment, and spurring innovation--they will do so in the economies of our competitors.

The United States needs immigrants. They bring entrepreneurial energy that creates jobs for all who live in America. They help fill gaps and labor shortages in our workforce, which in turn protects American jobs

To help advance reform, the Chamber 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 leading the charge for commonsense reforms that include:

  • Green card reform and implementation of temporary worker programs for high-skilled and lesser-skilled workers including those in the agriculture industry;
     
  • A national employment verification system that is workable for employers;
     
  • Improved enforcement to protect our borders while facilitating the flow of trade and travel;
     
  • And a tough but fair process for the 11 million undocumented people who are living in our country today to earn a legal status.
     

Though there may be several different approaches to fix our system, meaningful and lasting reform can only be achieved through bipartisan legislation. 

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E.g., 06/26/2015
E.g., 06/26/2015
Comment

We are writing to provide feedback concerning the proposed Policy Memorandum on adjudication policy for the L-1B visa classification, the category reserved for intracompany transfer visas granted individuals with specialized knowledge who are being transferred to a U.S. assignment within a corporate family from an operation outside the U.S. The proposal was issued March 24, 2015 with a statement that feedback would be accepted through May 8, 2015 and that the new finalized Policy Memorandum would go into effect August 31, 2015.

2 weeks 4 days ago
Report
There are two parts to understanding and improving the H-1B visa program:
* Part I - Understanding the Data: The Economics of the Scarcity in STEM and the Benefits of H-1B workers
* Part II - Understanding How the H-1B System Works in Practice: How American Employers Recruit and How They Actually Use H-1Bs
1 month 3 days ago
Blog

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wants to take the immigration reform debate backward by calling for "immigration reductions" in the Washington Post.

1 month 2 weeks ago
Blog
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As the vocal debate over immigration and securing the border continues on Capitol Hill, it is important to move past the noise and stay focused on solutions.

2 months 23 hours ago
Testimony

This is the written testimony of Randy Johnson for a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, on the subject of lesser-skilled temporary worker programs as an enhancement to security and border control.

2 months 1 day ago