Washington, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Immigration Policy Jon Baselice released the following statement after the Border Enforcement, Security, and Trade (BEST) Facilitation Act of 2023 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“The Chamber commends Representatives Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) for leading the introduction of the Border Enforcement, Security, and Trade (BEST) Facilitation Act of 2023 in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Customs and Border Protection desperately needs more resources to prevent the trafficking of people, illegal drugs like fentanyl, and other dangerous products and substances into our country. The BEST Facilitation Act not only will enhance the federal government’s inspection capabilities and help uncover more criminal activity at our ports, but also will markedly improve the processing efficiency at our ports of entry because law enforcement agents will be able to make more-informed inspection decisions in real time. We urge other members of Congress to cosponsor this legislation.”
Securing America’s borders and modernizing our broken immigration system are imperative for businesses and communities to prosper and grow. In addition to the BEST Facilitation Act of 2023, the U.S. Chamber has expressed support for several additional pieces of bipartisan legislation that can achieve important progress toward addressing our nation’s immigration and border security challenges. Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber joined over 440 business organizations to launch the Legal Immigration and Border Enforcement Reform This Year (LIBERTY) Campaign, and in September, the Chamber’s monthly video series Common Grounds brought together a Republican member of Congress and a Democratic member to discuss bipartisan ways to address the border crisis and reform our legal immigration system.