Position on Immigration:
Compared to many states, New Mexico receives a relatively small number of immigrants. Most immigrants, documented and undocumented, pass through the state for jobs elsewhere. However, immigration is a growing source of population growth and we can expect a growing immigrant population in New Mexico based on our improved economic conditions.
After review of the United States Hispanic Chamber Commerce’s (USHCC) published position, the AHCC’s Board of Directors agreed to support the position to enact comprehensive reform of U.S. immigration laws.
The AHCC supports the USHCC’s principles of reform including:
- Adopting a nondiscriminatory and effective program for strengthening our borders, based on humanitarian principles.
- Protecting our economy and our nation’s small businesses from costly, burdensome laws and regulations while recognizing the significant contribution that immigrants make to our nation’s economy.
- Providing for a strong, accountable guest worker program so that immigrants - both documented and undocumented - are able to come out of the shadows and continue to contribute to the prosperity of the country.
- Reuniting families, the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy.
The AHCC further supports:
- The creation of an earned path to legalization for undocumented workers that are already contributing to our economy.
- Efforts to enforce existing verification regulations to provide a level playing field for small businesses that comply with the laws.
- Ensuring that all students are able to gain access to a quality education.