Kansas Business Community Applauds Agreement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 30, 2013

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Joint Statement from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform

Topeka, Kan. (January 29, 2013) – The Kansas Chamber and members of the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform applaud today’s announcement that a bipartisan group of Senators have reached an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform.

 The business coalition has long argued that comprehensive immigration reform must happen at the national level and must address the workforce needs of the business community. The coalition has opposed the hardline positions seen in states such as Arizona, Alabama and Georgia.

 “The conceptual bipartisan proposal brought forth today in Washington confirms the coalition’s position that harmful, restrictive proposals passed in other states are not the solution to our nation’s immigration problems,” said Eric Stafford, Senior Director of Government Affairs at the Kansas Chamber.

 “We are pleased to see a reasonable approach to immigration reform coming out of Washington, D.C.,” said Allie Devine, spokesperson for Kansans for Sensible Immigration Policy.

 “We need to focus on an efficient and effective work authorization program while allowing the federal government to continue improving border security efforts. You cannot have one without the other,” Devine added.

 While the plan still has specifics to be worked out, the Kansas Chamber and members of the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform encourage our federal delegation to work together to support the concepts outlined in today’s proposal.

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 The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, go to www.kansaschamber.org.