The economic benefits of immigration may be the most -settled fact in economics.
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.
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 An outdated and inefficient U.S. immigration system has created too many barriers for individuals seeking the opportunity to work hard and contribute to our economy.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.
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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.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Randel K. Johnson issued the following statement today on the new proposed guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to bring consistency to the L-1B classification for intracompany transfers:
Immigrant workers don't compete with natives so much as they complement them, and the increased dynamism generated by them expands the overall economic pie.
On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) we are pleased to submit comments at this early stage on the drafting of a definition for the term “recruitment fees” to supplement the new anti-trafficking regulations (FAR Case 2013-001) published on January 29, 2015, to implement E.O. 13627 and the End Trafficking In Government Act.
The immigration debate continues to grab lots of headlines – but the facts about legal immigration and its positive impact on jobs are often muffled by myths.
This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in support of the Visa Waiver Program in advance of the Committee’s hearing entitled “Visa Waiver Program: Implications for U.S. National Security.”