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. 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJul 09, 2020 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber's Donohue on ICE's International Student Policy: It ‘Will Inflict Significant Harm Upon American Colleges and Universities, their Students, the Business Community, and Our Economy’

"This policy could force tens of thousands of international students to leave the U.S. for reasons outside of their control and needlessly injects an immense of amount of uncertainty into our nation’s higher education system at a time when colleges and universities are grappling with significant logistical and financial challenges..."

Press ReleaseJun 22, 2020 - 5:45pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue on Immigration Proclamation: ‘A Severe and Sweeping Attempt to Restrict Legal Immigration’

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s immigration proclamation.

CommentMay 26, 2020 - 10:30am

Letter to the White House Regarding Possible Expansion of the President’s April 22nd Proclamation on Immigration

May 26, 2020 The Honorable Larry Kudlow                               The Honorable Jared KushnerDirector                                                                  Senior Advisor to the PresidentNational Economic Council                                  The White HouseWashington, DC 20500                                        Washington, DC 20500

CommentMay 15, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Letter to the White House on H-2B Visas

May 15, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump:

Letters to CongressMar 16, 2020 - 8:30am

Letter to U.S. Government Leaders on Coronavirus Response

The Administration and Congress are in the process of providing meaningful support for employees in the form of paid sick and family leave and streamlined availability of unemployment benefits. The Chamber supports these efforts. Now, the Chamber calls on the Administration and Congress to take critical steps to support America’s employers during this period.

Above the FoldFeb 04, 2020 - 1:15pm
2019 State of the Union

What Does the Business Community Want to Hear in the State of the Union?

They’ll be looking for sound, pro-business policies that will spur growth and job creation and support workers with rising wages.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.