Last updated on: 10/28/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

US Chamber of Commerce Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“• Immigration reform should accomplish the following goals: control and secure our borders; improve employment verification systems for determining whether an employee is authorized to work in the United States; create an effective and streamlined temporary worker program so that employers can hire immigrant workers when U.S. workers are unavailable; and provide, under certain strict qualification criteria, a pathway to legal status for undocumented workers currently in the United States.

• The Chamber will strongly oppose legislation that cripples the current worker visa systems and fails to include a mechanism that would ensure businesses ongoing access to immigrant workers to fill jobs in response to labor market needs, as well as opposing legislation that imposes unworkable, burdensome, and inconsistent employment verification systems.

• The Chamber considers securing the nation’s borders a top priority and one of the most important measures necessary in reforming our immigration system. The Chamber also considers it vital to our nation’s economy to avoid legislation that unduly hinders legitimate trade and travel.”

“The U.S. Chamber’s Plan for Immigration Reform:
Immigration Policy Priorities for 2011,” www.uschamber.com (accessed Oct. 28, 2011)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer.

As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.”

“About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” www.uschamber.com (accessed Oct. 5, 2011)

Mission:

“To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility.”

“About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” www.uschamber.com (accessed Oct. 5, 2011)

Other:
501(c)(6) tax-exempt corporation
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?