WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on the Senate Gang of Eight’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform:
“We appreciate the Senate Gang of Eight’s efforts in developing a sound and workable lesser-skilled worker program. But this is just one important component of comprehensive immigration reform.
“We must move forward and resolve other critical components. As the Chamber has said before, reforms must include increased border security, improvements for the high-skilled visa category, some type of pathway to legalization and eventual citizenship under tight criteria, and a balanced and workable employment verification system.
“We will continue to work with members of both parties to enact comprehensive reform that meets the needs of our economy and our society. It's time to put politics and narrow agendas aside and do what's right for the country.”
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