Georgia business groups join call for immigration overhaul

Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 31, 2013

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce joined more than 400 business groups and companies nationwide Tuesday in sending a letter to Congress calling for the passage of immigration overhaul legislation.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft are among the heavy hitters that signed the letter along with the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Technology Association of Georgia and the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce.

The letter doesn’t say what specific legislation they want passed. But it does say the nation’s immigration system is “outdated” and “broken,” and that overhauling it would boost the economy.

“Done right, reform will also serve to protect and complement our U.S. workforce, generating greater productivity and economic activity that will lead to new innovations, products, businesses, and jobs in communities across the U.S.,” says the letter, which is addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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