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    US business group will fight against immigration curbs
    By Christopher Swann in Washington
    Published: January 4 2006 18:36 | Last updated: January 4 2006 18:36

    The US Chamber of Commerce, America's most powerful business lobby, has said that fighting punitive legislation restricting immigration would rank among its top priorities for this year.


    Setting out the chamber's agenda for 2006, the lobbying group launched a scathing attack on a bill promoted by conservative Republicans in the US House of Representatives, saying it would add greatly to the burden on businesses.


    "We have no problem with increased border enforcement, or with reasonable requirements that employers verify the work status of who they hire, but we strongly oppose the House bill"‰."‰."‰."‰because it is simply unworkable, unreasonable and unfair," said Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive of the chamber.


    "It would impose sweeping new mandates on employers, covering not just immigrants but all 140m workers in our economy. It contains provisions that could potentially turn business people into criminals and turn workers into felons simply for trying to support their families."


    US companies have long been in favour of more liberal immigration laws that would augment the supply of labour. The chamber said on Wednesday that companies faced challenging times in finding enough workers, with unemployment close to historic lows and 77m baby boomers preparing to leave the workforce.


    The political influence of the chamber is likely to grow as US congressmen prepare for the midterm elections this year. The chamber has said it will release over the coming months the names of lawmakers that have supported the business community and a strong economy. It would also put substantial financial resources and people behind a select group of candidates in crucial races.


    Mr Donohue said the chamber would continue to fight for an extension to President George W. Bush's tax cut on dividends and capital gains, along with research and experimentation credits for business. Another priority would be to push for greater domestic output of oil and natural gas, through exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and the outer continental shelf.


    US businesses, concerned by the standard of education, would soon start ranking the performance of the state school system.

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    US business group will fight against immigration curbs
    By Christopher Swann in Washington
    Published: January 4 2006 18:36 | Last updated: January 4 2006 18:36

    The US Chamber of Commerce, America's most powerful business lobby, has said that fighting punitive legislation restricting immigration would rank among its top priorities for this year.


    Setting out the chamber's agenda for 2006, the lobbying group launched a scathing attack on a bill promoted by conservative Republicans in the US House of Representatives, saying it would add greatly to the burden on businesses.


    "We have no problem with increased border enforcement, or with reasonable requirements that employers verify the work status of who they hire, but we strongly oppose the House bill"‰."‰."‰."‰because it is simply unworkable, unreasonable and unfair," said Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive of the chamber.


    "It would impose sweeping new mandates on employers, covering not just immigrants but all 140m workers in our economy. It contains provisions that could potentially turn business people into criminals and turn workers into felons simply for trying to support their families."


    US companies have long been in favour of more liberal immigration laws that would augment the supply of labour. The chamber said on Wednesday that companies faced challenging times in finding enough workers, with unemployment close to historic lows and 77m baby boomers preparing to leave the workforce.


    The political influence of the chamber is likely to grow as US congressmen prepare for the midterm elections this year. The chamber has said it will release over the coming months the names of lawmakers that have supported the business community and a strong economy. It would also put substantial financial resources and people behind a select group of candidates in crucial races.


    Mr Donohue said the chamber would continue to fight for an extension to President George W. Bush's tax cut on dividends and capital gains, along with research and experimentation credits for business. Another priority would be to push for greater domestic output of oil and natural gas, through exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and the outer continental shelf.


    US businesses, concerned by the standard of education, would soon start ranking the performance of the state school system.

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    • #3
      What does the star chamber say?

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      • #4
        77m baby boomers gonna get retired by 2010.US need 165 m workers in 2015, where we will get all these people? Answers is Amnesty or atleat a worker visa program may solve these problem.

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        • #5
          The answer is to deport 11M illegal alien criminals, force greedy businesses to raise wages and hire Americans...then, and only then, should some guest worker program be considered - and then, only in limited numbers. America should not have to trade its lifestyle and solid blue-collar middle class for 99c lettuce and $3 a lb chicken, just to enrich certain business owners and greedy immigration attorneys.
          Put Americans first, and put AMericans to work -- then worry about those who have shown NO respect for our lawa, sometime in the distant future.

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          • #6
            One great point that donohue mentioned was that they will release over the coming months the names of lawmakers that have supported the business community and a strong economy..Meaning that everyone that are for this ani immigration bill the house wrote is trying to hurt the U.S economy.

            A lot of you guys dont understand that millions and thousands of vital businesses around america rely on those immigrants, and the house bill will flush out at least 8 millions people right out of those jobs and will cause those company to go banrupt because they will not be able to field enough americans to work on corn field under ho condition, clean hotel rooms, map floors etc etc all of those jobs are jobs that americans refuse to do....This is why im confident that the chamber of commerce will prevail because they have supported the conservative base for a long time and the G.O.P needs them

            Now donohue and america's businesses are very unhappy with those anti immigrants muggers and they will hold their feet into the fire.

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            • #7
              Forces that brought about most extreme sections of HR4437 into existence are of much greater significance today than anything Chamber of Commerce stands for.

              One has to see into 'streams' , 'tides' and 'waves'.. one has to sense the flow, sense the direction..


              Best Regards,
              IE

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