Immigration law changes costing businesses

June 15, 2004 at 2:01 PM

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned Tuesday changes in the immigration system are causing businesses to lose money.

Chamber officials said the delay in issuing visas has cost businesses more than $30 billion in lost revenues and other indirect costs. The trade organization called for better use of technology to get through the immigration process quickly.

"There is a growing perception abroad and in border communities that America is turning into a fortress," said the chamber's Vice President for Labor Randel Johnson in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security.

Said Johnson: "This perception, based on reality, is hurting American businesses. Decision makers must listen to the concerns of those that must live with the decisions they make."

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