Immigration Reform

A bi-partisan group of eight senators have come together to tackle immigration reform prompting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to take a stand on what they believe needs to be done to reform the broken system and not harm businesses.

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce invited Cholly Smith to discuss the four key issues the chamber thinks will help alleviate the problem.

Border security, work visas, employee verification, and legalization are what the Chamber believes are the best foundation for any immigration reform measure.

Smith says reforming the way visas are distributed will allow higher skill workers to live here and is essential to keeping companies in the U.S.

“The thing is companies and jobs won’t stay here if we can’t fill them,” says Smith. “Companies will move where they can find workers. We’re seeing that with STEM educations: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They get their education and then they can’t work here with the thousands of open jobs so they go home and work there and start companies there.”

Local business people also had the chance to ask questions.

The informal luncheon was just a chance to learn about the immigration issue, no action was taken.

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