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 An outdated and inefficient U.S. immigration system has created too many barriers for individuals seeking the opportunity to work hard and contribute to our economy.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‹because if companies can't find all the workers they need here, they will be forced to the move the work somewhere else. Immigrants can also help address our demographic realities and reduce the federal deficit by paying into the system.
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.