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 ReleaseOct 19, 2020 - 6:45pm

U.S. Chamber Leads Suit Against Overreaching Restrictions on Work Visas

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and others filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against recent regulations that will undermine high skilled immigration into the United States. U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue released the following statement after today’s suit was filed:

Above the FoldJul 23, 2020 - 10:15am
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Donohue in NYT: Why We’re Suing to Stop the Administration’s New Immigration Restrictions

Our CEO Tom Donohue's latest New York Times' op-ed details our recent joint lawsuit challenging new federal immigration restrictions.

Press ReleaseJul 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Leads Lawsuit Against Unprecedented Restrictions on Work Visas

"Our lawsuit seeks to overturn these sweeping and unlawful immigration restrictions that are an unequivocal ‘not welcome’ sign to the engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses, and other critical workers who help drive the American economy. Left in place, these restrictions will push investment abroad, inhibit economic growth, and reduce job creation."

Press ReleaseJul 14, 2020 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on DHS' International Student Policy Decision

“The U.S. Chamber is pleased that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its ill-conceived policy regarding international students today. Our nation’s educators and our economy are better for it.”

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2020 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Homeland Security Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on FY21 Homeland Security Appropriations.

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: