Chamber-led Immigration Coalition Visits Washington DC

The Greater Boston Chamber and other Chambers from across the United States convened on Capitol Hill April 24, meeting with key legislators and policy makers to advance support for skilled worker immigration reform.

The daylong visit, part of the Chamber-led Business for Skilled Worker Immigration coalition, included a delegation of members from Boston, Austin, Durham, Naperville, and Philadelphia. Twelve meetings were held with key House and Senate members and staff, including Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Congressman Lamar Smith (TX), and Congressman John Carter (TX).

Key takeaways:

  • Within the context of the broader set of immigration issues being considered, the delegation heard unanimous support for skilled worker immigration provisions among the leaders they met with.
  • The Senate “Gang of Eight” bill is now before the Judiciary Committee which has begun holding hearings and is expected to markup the bill within the next couple of weeks.  The Senate is planning to vote on the bill in late May or early June.
  • A bipartisan coalition of eight House Members (including Rep. Carter) is also working to finalize and release a comprehensive immigration plan that will advance important skilled worker provisions.  However, it remains unclear as to whether the House will decide to pursue immigration through one comprehensive bill or through several smaller bills.   

 For a photo gallery of DC fly-in, please click here.

Stay tuned to the Chamber’s blog for additional update and developments with Business for Skilled Worker Immigration.