CFR: Immigration a political priority

June 10, 2004 at 11:50 AM

CHICAGO, June 10 (UPI) -- The Chicago arm of the Council on Foreign Relations said Thursday immigration must be a priority issue for the White House.

The group unveiled a study calling for labor immigration laws to be a foremost concern to whoever becomes president in 2005 and encouraging the president to expand temporary worker programs as well as promote the legalization of workers already in the United States.

Their findings were welcomed by the private sector as well, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lauded the group for bringing the issue forward.

"Immigration policy must strive to incorporate immigrants into the economic, social and political fabric of the United States, through English proficiency and other steps, and immigration and anti-terrorism efforts can complement each other for the betterment of the country," said Randel Johnson, the chamber's vice president for labor and immigration policy.

The U.S. chamber is the largest business federation in the world, representing more than 3 million businesses.

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