U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) Continues to Support Legal Immigration Reform.

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Immigrants contribute to the economic growth and productivity of this nation. However it is not good time to bring at this time the issue of Immigration Reform because there will not be enough support across party lines. And the political division that continues to persist in Washington DC, exacerbated by the high unemployment rates in most states, is not helping ease the gridlock between the two major parties. Any effort at this time on immigration reform will only be treated as a secondary priority among our congressional leaders.” This was the statement made by USACC President, Martin Mohammed, regarding the growing concern about immigration, highlighted by the contentious rallies against the newly-signed Arizona bill on immigration in that state.

Meeting with the Immigration Task Force Committee on behalf of the U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC), its president, Martin Mohammed, has expressed the USACC support of President Obama’s and Senators Schumer and Graham's attempt to find bipartisan solution to immigration reform. However, Mr. Mohammed thinks this is not the most opportune time for debate and follow-through of this issue.

He said that this is no longer the country that many immigrants have traveled for millions of miles across the globe, in search of finding vast economic opportunities, freedom, liberty, innovation, lower taxes, etc. Instead, America has become a place that immigrants feel not worth dying for while they choose other destinations outside of America.

At this point in time, the issue of immigration reform has strong anti-immigrant sentiments among our congressional leaders, who are still harboring their wounds and ill-will from the contentious health care reform bill and the unemployment bailout, according to Mr. Mohammed. Mr. Mohammed notes that the African immigrant population in the U.S. has the highest unemployment rates among other immigrant groups.

The USACC is the leading advocacy organization for U.S. African relations and emerging African markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African chambers of commerce and professional trade and business associations throughout the United States and abroad.

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