Chamber of Commerce Declares 2014 the ‘Year of Immigration Reform’

Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon, January 8, 2014

Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, declared 2014 the “year of immigration reform,” Wednesday, during his annual state of American business address.

“We’re determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted,” Donohue said. “The chamber will pull out all the stops—through grassroots lobbying, communications, politics and partnerships with our friends in the union, and faith-based organizations, and law enforcement groups, and others to get this job done.”


“Throughout history, immigrants have brought innovation, ideas, investments, and dynamism to American enterprise,” he said. “And in terms of demographics, we need immigration.”


During a press conference following his address, Donohue said he is “encouraged” by what he hears coming out of the House of Representatives and believes they will pass immigration reform later this year.


“2013 we liked,” Donohue said. “We made a deal in the Senate, we did that with a cooperative basis with the AFL-CIO, and with lots of other people, then we started working in the House, where I believe we’ve received a very positive response—a different way of doing business—435 people, not just 100 of them.”

“We brought in faith-based [groups] and folks from all sorts of social activities, community leaders, and we brought business people in who see opportunities to create jobs, and what we’re going to do is a lot more of the same,” he said. “And we’re going to do it back home, as well.”

“My own view, I think Democrats and Republicans alike would like to go home and run for office with something they got done that’s significant,” Donohue added. “I believe we’re two-thirds of the way there.”


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  • Pro_Whitey

    Re the unions, although immigration reduces wages for real working people, note that a majority of unionized workers today are government workers, and a substantial number of the rest are in the building trades unions and can be bought off with some public works projects. We have a majority in favor of expansion of government and welfare, because it means job security for them, no matter how much it screws real working people. The idea that these people represent anyone who really works for a living is a sick joke.

    • MBlanc46

      I’d be surprised if the majority of union workers favor increased immigration. Union leaders, on the other hand, are so tightly attached to the teat of the Democratic Party that they’ll throw in with the Chamber of Commerce when ordered to.

  • bigone4u

    Thomas Donohue is a traitor to working and middle-class white Americans. He should be treated as a traitor and shunned until such time as he’s held accountable in a court of law for his treason.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Sounds like he might be an Irish Roman Catholic.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Roman Catholicism has nothing to do with this Quisling.

    • RisingReich

      To hell with the court. He’s said all he needs to say to prove where his loyalties are.

      • bigone4u

        My belief is that amren deletes comments that might be misinterpreted as advocating illegal acts. Thus, I always try to make clear that I would never advocate any illegality, but sometimes my comments get deleted anyway.

    • MBlanc46

      I believe that the chamber of commerce has always been a traitor to working- and middle-class white Americans.

  • Spartacus

    “Throughout history, immigrants have brought innovation, ideas, investments, and dynamism to American enterprise,” he said.”


    Only the White ones did.

    • Alfred the Great

      And even that depends on which “white” people you are talking about.

      • Spartacus

        Mestizos, arabs and jews not included…

        • Alfred the Great

          …and Asians…

      • Romulus

        My thoughts exactly.

  • Puggg

    After we win, can we please take down this Chamber of Commerce Cabal of Criminals using Rico laws or something like that? We better salt their fields or they’ll keep coming back again and again and again.

    • RisingReich

      Scorched earth policy, Puggg.

      • Romulus


      • blight14


    • MBlanc46

      Yes, the Carthaginian solution. I have that in mind for quite a few folks.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    And I’ll be right here, doing my part to help Mr. Donohue and the Chamber of Commerce.

    All hands on deck for comprehensive immigration reform!

    (I needed this piece of good news, too, because FB was down almost a dollar a share today.)

    Doing my part:

    • dd121

      Your reported abuse means you’re not invited to be a member of the Select Committee for Immigration Reform?

  • WR_the_realist

    The Chamber of Commerce is as evil as the worst of the Democrats.

    In terms of demographics, the very last thing we need is immigration “reform”.

    • libertarian1234

      “The Chamber of Commerce is as evil as the worst of the Democrats.”

      And there are too many among the big money boys who exhibit the same greed.

      Their desire for unchecked growth in order to increase their wealth and power is unsustainable, and it will prove to be a disaster for this country if we don’t implode into internal conflict first.

      Compared to a Soylent Green scenario, civil war is the lesser of two evils.

  • libertarian1234

    “CEO of the Chamber promised to “pull out all the stops.”

    And if things go as we hope they will, we’ll remind him that he wanted to “pull out all the stops,” right before we spring the trap door under his feet.

  • JohnEngelman

    Whenever someone uses the word “reform” you need to ask more questions. During a stagnant economy one of those questions should be, “Will I benefit from that reform?”

    Immigration reform that results in more immigrants will result in lower wages and higher prices for many if not most people who already live in the United States. It will also result in higher profits for businessmen. This is why the Chamber of Commerce is pulling out the stops for their version of immigration reform.

    • Bossman

      The USA has been receiving a steady stream of immigrants ever since its founding. The only time that immigration was at 0% was during the Great Depression.

      • JohnEngelman

        Immigration is low right now. It will pick up when the economy does. Immigration always has an inflationary effect on prices and a depressing effect on wages. Even when wages are going up they would be going up more if more people were not applying for jobs.

  • RisingReich

    Thomas Donohue – you sir are a TRAITOR. You’ve been added to the list.
    You will not be forgotten, nor will you be forgiven.

  • RHG

    Here’s to hoping this guy gets “polar beared”.

  • Anglo

    International Chamber of Commerce from Wikipedia:

    The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC; French: Chambre de commerce internationale (CCI)) is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its hundreds of thousands of member companies in over 130 countries have interests spanning every sector of private enterprise.

    Mr. Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is part of a global elite and conspiracy driving the disintegration of western European civilization.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!


  • mobilebay

    I just declared 2014 as the “year of immigration enforcement.” So there, USCofC! You are clearly open-borders fanatics who are helping to destroy this nation

  • rowingfool

    “immigrants have brought innovation, ideas, investments, and dynamism to American enterprise”

    Oh yeah? Prove it.

    Or. Along with” innovation, ideas, investments and dynamism” they have brought their native narrow-minded bigotry, ignorance and stupidity, poverty and a penchant for being recipients of public assistance and inertia and sloth to American enterprise.

    • Bossman

      Which ones? Inertia and sloth to American enterprise? How did they do that?

  • kenfrombayside

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.