Greater Memphis Chamber Supports Bipartisan Immigration Reform
Release date: 6/6/2013
The Greater Memphis Chamber recognizes that the current U.S. immigration system cannot address the modern challenges faced by our business and economic environment, and believes now is the time for Congress to address the broken immigration system as an economic imperative.
While other countries are changing their laws to benefit from a pool of global resources, our U.S. immigration system has not changed in any substantive way in nearly 50 years. As a result, America is facing a competitive disadvantage. American industries demanding both high- and low-skill labor are struggling to fill positions because of an ineffective, inefficient, and outdated system of policies.
The Greater Memphis Chamber has joined a growing coalition of Tennessee business, civic and community leaders who believe it is time for Congress to take action to create:
A modern immigration system that actually works -- is easier to understand, navigate and implement;
A modern immigration system that ensures all immigration laws are enforced, obeyed and our borders secured;
A modern immigration system to attract, then keep the world’s top students, innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators here in the U.S.;
A modern immigration system that recruits and deploys the workers we need to fill both the high- and low-skilled sectors of our economy;
A modern immigration system that brings nearly 11 million undocumented workers currently living in the shadows into the legal economy so they can learn our language and history, pay more in taxes and contribute to a growing American economy.
Call to Action:
The Greater Memphis Chamber believes the time is right to contact Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker to encourage them to work toward bipartisan immigration reform that secures our borders, addresses our workforce needs and provides a pathway toward earned citizenship.
The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.