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

EventFeb 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

InSTEP: Global Risk with Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division will host Eurasia Group Founder and President Ian Bremmer for a discussion of global risk in foreign policy, global trade and national security.

CommentFeb 16, 2021 - 7:30pm

Coalition Letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken

BridgeUSA Coalition BridgeUSA CoalitionFebruary 16, 2021The Honorable Antony BlinkenSecretary of StateUnited States Department of StateWashington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Blinken:

CommentFeb 16, 2021 - 7:15pm

Comments to DOL re: Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States:

Administrator Brian Pasternak Office of Foreign Labor Certification Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor

Press ReleaseFeb 04, 2021 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Reintroduction of the Dream Act

Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced the Dream Act, which would provide qualifying long-term undocumented residents of the U.S. with the ability to earn lawful permanent residence through education, employment, or military service. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Neil Bradley, released the following statement supporting today's introduction...

Press ReleaseFeb 02, 2021 - 5:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Immigration Executive Order

"We commend President Biden for taking action to ensure the reunification of separated families, address irregular migration across the Southern Border, and improve the functionality of our nation's immigration system by conducting a top-to-bottom review of barriers to our legal immigration system. Policies adopted over the past several years have undermined critical employment-based visa programs and significantly hindered many different companies' ability to expand their domestic operations and create jobs for Americans..."

Letters to CongressFeb 01, 2021 - 10:15am

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

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting the Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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