Chamber releases comments on immigration reform remarks in State of the Union address

The Chamber released the following statement by Paul Guzzi, President and CEO of the Chamber, in response to the President’s comments on immigration reform in tonight’s State of the Union address:

“The Chamber applauds President Obama for highlighting the need for skilled worker immigration reform in tonight’s State of the Union Address,” said Guzzi.”  The President’s remarks reflect the growing, bipartisan support in Washington to improve our nation’s access to top international talent, as part of broader based immigration reform.  Reform is needed to ensure that we continue to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs from across the globe. 

“The Chamber is working to advance such reforms in Congress.  The Chamber recently launched ‘Business for Skilled Worker Immigration,’ a growing national coalition of 38 Chambers of Commerce from across the country, working together to advance skilled worker immigration reform as a means of driving job creation, innovation and overall economic growth.  These pro-growth reforms are essential to the long-term competitiveness of Massachusetts’ knowledge-based economy.

“In order to compete in a globalized, 21st century economy, we must have an immigration system that welcomes the world’s best and brightest to our shores.  Combined with current programs to strengthen STEM training, the coalition believes its efforts can help to expand the regional and national talent pool and improve long-term economic competitiveness.”