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US Chamber of Commerce comes out in support of bipartisan, bicameral immigration bill

US Chamber of Commerce comes out in support of bipartisan, bicameral immigration bill
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday came out in support of bipartisan legislation that would address the immigration crisis at the southern board, which was introduced by Sens. John CornynJohn CornynGOP split on counteroffer to Biden's spending Police reform talks hit familiar stumbling block CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger MORE (R-Texas) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Sweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Ariz.).

The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, a bicameral bill, was also introduced by Texas Reps. Henry Cuellar (D) and Tony Gonzales (R).

It would expand the number of border processing facilities, hire more personnel to increase the Department of Homeland Security’s processing capacity and improve the care for unaccompanied children, among other provisions. 

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The Chamber has long called for a bipartisan solution at the southern border and was a vocal opponent of former President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE’s immigration policies, including regulations announced last year targeting H-1B visas that are granted to skilled workers

The pro-business lobbying group endorsed two House-passed immigration bills, the Democrats' American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide citizenship to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers. They also have come out in support of the bipartisan Dream Act, which was introduced by Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Sweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Police reform talks hit familiar stumbling block MORE (D-Ill.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects Trump critics push new direction for GOP Graham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' MORE (R-S.C.).

“The sharp increase in the number of individuals crossing our southern border and the severe overcrowding at our nation’s border facilities present a set of circumstances that Congress cannot ignore. Our leaders need to address this pressing situation, and the only way that meaningful policy changes will be enacted is if Republicans and Democrats work together to achieve those results for the American people,” Neil Bradley, the Chamber's chief policy officer, said Thursday.

He added that the provisions in the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act are “not only necessary to confront the ongoing crisis on our southern border, but they also need to be considered by Congress as they debate other immigration issues where reform is desperately needed.”