The Georgia Chamber of Commerce recognizes that immigration is a complex issue confronting business. Industry faces, and will continue to face, a growing shortage of both highly-skilled professionals and laborers in many sectors of our economy. Failure to address these shortages will result in the relocation of businesses to other nations where there is an abundance of skill-appropriate workers.
Passage of HB 87 in 2011 was an attempt by the Georgia Legislature to address continued inaction at the federal level in securing our borders and reducing the economic strains on public services by illegal immigration. The Chamber worked throughout the session to reduce burdens on businesses under the provisions in this bill and will closely monitor the impact of the new law.
On this issue, the Chamber continues to encourage and support:
efforts by the federal government to establish a lawful, manageable and monitored guest and essential worker program to fill the growing gaps in our state’s workforce -- recognizing that, in some cases, permanent immigrants will be needed to fill labor shortages; and
Related Information: Click here to Georgia's immigration requirements for businesses