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

Letters to CongressMar 16, 2020 - 8:30am

Letter to U.S. Government Leaders on Coronavirus Response

The Administration and Congress are in the process of providing meaningful support for employees in the form of paid sick and family leave and streamlined availability of unemployment benefits. The Chamber supports these efforts. Now, the Chamber calls on the Administration and Congress to take critical steps to support America’s employers during this period.

Above the FoldFeb 04, 2020 - 1:15pm
2019 State of the Union

What Does the Business Community Want to Hear in the State of the Union?

They’ll be looking for sound, pro-business policies that will spur growth and job creation and support workers with rising wages.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber CEO: Action is the Only Option

Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue gave the annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. During the event, the Chamber highlighted several business leaders who are finding solutions in the face of uncertainty and called upon government leaders to adopt the must-do spirit of American business to address challenges and seize opportunities in Washington, in the states, and around the world.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.

ReportJan 09, 2020 - 9:30am
The 2020 State of American Business Policy Priorities Booklet Cover Image

U.S. Chamber Policy Priorities for 2020

This booklet is the guide to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's policy priorities for 2020. This booklet was released and referenced during the 2019 State of American Business on January 9th, 2020.

CommentDec 30, 2019 - 3:00pm

Comments to DHS on the USCIS Fee Schedule

      Samantha Deshommes Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division Office of Policy and Strategy

Letters to CongressDec 18, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter to the Senate on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the United States Senate, supporting Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressDec 17, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter to the House on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation.