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 ReleaseJan 20, 2021 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber CEO Encouraged by Biden's Plans for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today issued the following statement after President Biden announced his plans for immigration reforms.

Letters to CongressJan 15, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

This Hill Letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

EventJan 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Policy Power Hour - Day 2 (Thursday)

Policy Power Hour: Spotlight on Washington

Join us to explore the year ahead in Washington and some of the most important national policy issues affecting American businesses and workers, from infrastructure and immigration to education and workforce development.The 2021 State of American Business Series

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

In the face of significant challenges, including a global pandemic and an economic crisis, businesses have adapted to survive ... they have served their communities, and this country ... and they have put forward life-saving, world-changing solutions.

CommentDec 21, 2020 - 5:45pm

Comments to U.S. State Department on Visas for Temporary Visitors

On December 21, 2020, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted comments to the U.S. Department of State regarding the notice of proposed rulemaking 85 Fed. Reg. 66878 on "Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure". The. U.S. Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the negative impacts the elimination of the B-1 in lieu of H Nonimmigrant Visa (BILOH) policy would have on their businesses.

CommentDec 09, 2020 - 1:15pm

Comments to DHS on Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program

December 7, 2020 Chief Charles L. NimickBusiness and Foreign Workers DivisionOffice of Policy and StrategyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesU.S. Department of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20 259 By electronic submission: www.regulations.gov

CommentDec 02, 2020 - 12:15pm

Comments to DHS on H-1B Prioritization Rule

  December 2, 2020 Chief Charles L. NimickBusiness and Foreign Workers DivisionOffice of Policy and StrategyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesU.S. Department of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue , NWWashington, D.C. 20 259 By electronic submission: www.regulations.gov

CommentNov 09, 2020 - 5:00pm

Chamber Comments on the DOL Prevailing Wage Rule

Read our comments on the Department of Labor rule re: Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States

CommentOct 26, 2020 - 10:15am

Comments to DHS on Student and Exchange Visitor Visas

Read our comments regarding an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Rule "Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media"