US Chamber makes immigration overhaul top priority

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of a leading U.S business group says it is joining forces with labor, faith organizations, law enforcement and ethnic groups to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Tom Donohue, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a speech Thursday in Washington that the "door to the American dream must always remain open."

He says legislation must include a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, border security and expansion of green cards for foreign nationals with advanced degrees, among other steps.

Donohue says he's spoken to lawmakers in Congress as well as to Richard Trumka, president of the largest labor federation. He says the chamber hopes to build a large coalition to take advantage of the growing imperative to tackle the issue.

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