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600-plus business groups press for immigration

Posted February 25, 2014
Updated February 27, 2014

Hundreds of immigrants joined local and state leaders, as well as members of North Carolina's congressional delegation – Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield – at Durham's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, for dialog on the matter.

— More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald's, have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.

The 636 groups said "failure to act is not an option" and implored Boehner to move on legislation to fix the immigration system.

Immigration legislation has stalled in the House. Boehner and GOP leaders unveiled a set of principles last month, but rank-and-file members have shown little inclination to tackle the divisive issue in an election year.

Boehner blamed distrust of President Barack Obama among his GOP caucus for the House's unwillingness to deal with the issue.

The letter was signed by 246 businesses from around the country and 390 business associations. The North Carolina Chamber, North Carolina Farm Bureau, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce are among the 13 North Carolina groups that signed the petition.

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  • glarg Feb 26, 2014

    "The letter was signed by 246 businesses"

    Oh no! Not 246 businesses!

    There are more than 2 million businesses in the US with over 20 employees so getting .01% onboard is really not that impressive.

    " said "failure to act is not an option" "

    Clearly it is.

    " and implored Boehner to move on legislation to fix the immigration system."

    Here is a thought... we already have an election schedule in November. Why dont we have the Democrats run on Amnesty and Open Borders and see what the results of the election are?

    That seems a lot better system than having shadowy pressure groups insist on changing laws without voter approval.

  • Hubris Feb 25, 2014

    There is no problem with immigration. Illegal immigration is a HUGE problem.