Summary of Gang of Eight proposal sets stage for historic debate over reform of nation’s immigration system

PHOENIX – Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer today made the following statement regarding the release of a 17-page summary of comprehensive immigration reform legislation:

“Today marks a crucial step on the path to real reform of the nation’s broken immigration system. Our Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake deserve tremendous credit for working with their fellow Gang of Eight members to craft such a comprehensive package, one that reflects the unique challenges faced by Arizona and other border states.

“I believe we have reached a moment where Congress, with the support of the American people, can send to the president a bill that ensures border security, promotes a healthy economy through desperately needed visa reform in both the high tech and low-skilled sectors and humanely deals with the estimated 11 million individuals who are not in the country legally.

“The Chamber and the rest of Arizona’s business community will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senators McCain and Flake as debate over this important bill commences.”

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.