Here’s the letter from Senate Candidate Chuck Edwards of the Chamber of Commerce to Boehner and Peolsi.
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi,
The undersigned organizations urge the United States Congress to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of our nation’s immigration system. Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential if we are to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting jobs and opportunities for all Americans.
Thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum agree that enacting Immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come. Done right, reform will also serve to protect and complement our U.S. workforce, generating greater productivity and economic activity that will lead to new innovations, products, businesses, and jobs in communities across the United States.
We deal with an immigration system that is now in its third decade and completely incapable of being responsive to an ever-changing national economy and hypercompetitive global marketplace. Today, the problems with our immigration system have grown and multiplied to become an emerging threat to the current and future productivity, ingenuity, and competitiveness of key sectors of our economy, including agriculture, housing, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, tourism, engineering and technology.
We are united in the belief that we can and must do better for our economy and country by modernizing our immigration system. We already have been engaged with many members of Congress Republicans and Democrats on numerous components of a modern immigration system and we urge that you not let this momentum slip and progress vanish.
Failure to act is not an option. We cannot afford to be content and watch a generation-old immigration system work more and more against our overall national interest. Instead, we urge Congress to remain mindful of the clear benefits to our economy if we succeed, and work together and with us to achieve real, pro-growth immigration reform.
Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Chuck Edwards
( “pro-growth” tells you who it really helps. “Pro-Growth” doesn’t help — the over 95 million unemployed legal American citizens. “Pro Growth” another buzz word for refugees taking American jobs.)