Jon Baselice Jon Baselice
Vice President, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


May 11, 2023


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce—together with over 430 business associations from all 50 states—launched the LIBERTY Campaign to secure our borders and modernize our antiquated, broken legal immigration system.

The campaign kicked off in early May with a letter to Congress that called upon elected officials to address the crisis at our border and the immigration-related critical workforce shortage before year’s end. The situation on our southern border remains a mess and is showing no signs of improving in the absence of any meaningful action being taken by our elected leaders. Congress cannot stand by and let this situation deteriorate even further.

What’s Going On?

The situation on our southern border can be described in one word: chaos. For the first six months of this fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has tallied 1,431,964 border encounters on the southwest border. On a year-over-year basis, that’s 133,796 more encounters than over the same period last year, which was a record-setting year with regard to the southwest border crossings. These conditions on our southern border are unsustainable. History has shown these problems will not solve themselves, and Congress cannot afford to delay addressing these issues any longer.

Our current immigration system fails to meet the needs of businesses and imposes significant costs on American communities and our economy. Companies are experiencing significant workforce shortages, and as a result, companies of all sizes and across a host of industries are wrestling with the chronic problems caused by their inability to adequately tap into global talent to meet their needs.

These issues can only be addressed with bipartisan Congressional action, and the LIBERTY Campaign is committed to working with all members of Congress who want secure borders and a modernized legal immigration system.  

Majority of Voters Support Increased Border Security, Immigration Reform

The vast majority of American voters—both Republican and Democrat—support policies to strengthen border security and make it easier to immigrate to the U.S., according to a recent Fox News poll.

Three-quarters of voters favor making it easier to immigrate (73%) and increasing the number of border agents at the southern border (74%).  

LIBERTY Campaign’s Role

The LIBERTY Campaign spans many American industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, restaurants, hospitality, retail, construction, agriculture, engineering, and food processing, among others. 

The LIBERTY Coalition includes more than 430 business associations from all 50 states.
The LIBERTY Coalition includes more than 430 business associations from all 50 states.

The LIBERTY campaign calls upon Congress to enact measures this year to secure our borders and modernize legal immigration system. The campaign believes several areas could form the basis of bipartisan compromise that would break the current gridlock, including:

  • Increasing the human, physical, and technological resources along the southern border and at ports of entry.
  • Sensibly reforming our nation’s asylum laws.
  • Significantly increasing the annual quotas for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
  • Instituting modern, effective, and efficient employment verification reforms.
  • Expanding the scope of essential worker programs.
  • Creating new visa options for international students, entrepreneurs, and high-demand workers to meet critical workforce needs. 
Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer

About the authors

Jon Baselice

Jon Baselice

Jon currently serves as the Vice President of Immigration Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Chamber in June 2014. He works with Chamber member companies to form Chamber policy positions on various issues and he advocates for sensible immigration policies before Congress and the executive branch agencies.

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