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."