May 15, 2023

Tell Congress To Improve The U.S. Immigration System

As Connecting the Dots reported last week, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) and more than 400 other organizations in sending a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate asking them to fix the broken U.S. immigration system.

Now you can make your voice heard on this matter.

The USCC has created a portal through which individuals can send a letter to their U.S. senators and lawmakers in the U.S. House or Representatives that advises, “Our southern border is in a state of chaos with historically high levels of unauthorized entries into the U.S. At the same time, American employers of all sizes and across a host of industries are facing chronic workforce shortages that significantly limit the ability of their businesses to grow.”

The letter concludes, “The simple truth is that these problems have grown in severity because Congress has neglected to modernize our immigration system in over three decades.”

Before tailoring the letter in your voice, you may want to review MSCI’s letter with the USCC, available here, which offered numerous areas that could form the basis of bipartisan immigration legislation, including:

  • Increasing the human, physical, and technological resources along the southern border and at ports of entry;
  • Sensibly reforming the country’s asylum laws;
  • Instituting modern, effective, and efficient employment verification reforms;
  • Significantly increasing the annual quotas for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas;
  • Expanding the scope of essential worker programs, specifically allowing employers to meet temporary labor needs for non-seasonal jobs; and
  • Creating new visa options for international students, entrepreneurs, and other high-demand workers to help American employers meet their critical workforce needs.

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