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Virginia organizations sign letter to Boehner supporting immigration reform

congressToday 636 business and industry organizations from across the country signed onto a joint letter to House Speaker John Boehner calling for immigration reform this year.

“Failure to act is not an option,” the letter states. “We cannot afford to be content and watch a dysfunctional immigration system work against our overall national interest.  In short, immigration reform is an essential element of a jobs agenda and economic growth. It will add talent, innovation, investment, products, businesses, jobs, and dynamism to our economy.”  The joint letter was released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for a New American Economy.

“For centuries, America has been a beacon of hope to immigrants from across the world,” said Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founder Michel Zajur, an immigrant from mexico City. “From agriculture to high-tech industries, immigrants are a dynamic part of the workforce and entrepreneurial community here in Virginia. Congress must not delay in passing immigration reform that will benefit our nation’s long term economic growth and keep America as a destination for the best and brightest minds.”

The letter’s release comes one month after Speaker Boehner and the House Republican Conference released their immigration reform standards.  The letter encourages Congress and the President to act on these standards and pass legislation this year.