Business leaders across the United States are in support of the new immigration reform principles that are being introduced by House Republicans. These new principles aim to address topics that are most important to these business leaders, like allocating visas and green cards to immigrants so they can be employed in the U.S. The new additions to the reform bill also focus on granting legal status to undocumented immigrants already in the country, provided they meet specific conditions. However, House Republicans have made it clear with these principles that they are not demanding special treatment or accelerated paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and they maintain that border security should be a top priority.
Those who oppose changes to the immigration reform bill believe these new principles will grant amnesty to immigrants living in the country illegally, which they consider to be unfair to those individuals who went through the process of obtaining a green card or visa. But many business leaders disagree with that. Businesses want to attract both high-skilled and low-skilled workers to come to the U.S. and receive a visa to help grow the businesses and contribute to the U.S. economy. They believe these new additions to the bill will create jobs for American workers because gaps in the job force could be filled.
Advocates for immigration reform are pleased with House Republicans’ plans, but they want to see these principles turned into legislation. Along with business owners, advocates have declared that providing immigrants to the United States with an inclusive path to legal status and the option for eventual citizenship is more in keeping with the American image. Supporters of reform say that barring immigrants from work or citizenship creates a permanent underclass, and they are fighting to avoid that by supporting the GOP’s approach.