The Oxnard Chamber drafted an Immigration Reform position in 2007. We sent it to then Congresswoman Lois Capps every time the topic came up in Washington, DC. Unfortunately the issue was placed on hold numerous times because other, more pressing matters surfaced. In addition, the topic was never broached during election years, which is every other year for Congress.
Obviously a lot has changed in our political climate recently, so the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee dusted off the 10-year old policy to update it. We sought and received input from agriculture, hospitality, and construction industry experts. We also weighed the impact on our economy and families with legal status issues.
The revised Immigration Reform position for 2017 was adopted by the Chamber's Board of Directors on September 28. It contains four components:
Click here to read the complete, but brief, policy.
We certainly hope our elected officials will consider all the impacts revising policy and enforcement efforts may have.