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The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the influx of legitimate immigrants will alleviate labor shortages across the country that are plaguing companies and help cool inflation.

Susan Clark, director general of the Chamber of Commerce, said the ongoing labor shortage was a “crisis” that disrupted supply chains and undermined business growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to double the number of people legally immigrating to the United States,” he said. And we need to create a permanent solution to “dreams” – for boys and girls who don’t know another home and contribute to their communities, but whose legal status is uncertain, ”Clark said in a keynote speech at Status. ”Event.

As of November, 10.6 million jobs were created by U.S. employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, a record 4.5 million Americans have left their jobs in search of better opportunities, with many “laid off” concentrated in low-income areas such as hospitality.

Clark and other economic officials say the labor shortage is pushing up inflation, which hit a four-decade high of 7 percent in December. The shortage of workers has led to disruptions in the supply chain, which has led to an increase in the cost of everything from food to gas.

Susan Clark, director of the Chamber of Commerce, said the influx of legitimate immigrants would alleviate labor shortages across the country.

A Chamber of Commerce official called for “melting solutions” that would allow “outsiders” such as parents who do not have affordable child care and previously imprisoned adults to re-enter the workplace. At the same time, he warned lawmakers to be “wary of government policies.”

“We see a growing number of proposals from Congress to replace government checks for wages, and we are concerned,” Clark added.

Labor shortages are one of several factors identified as a key driver of inflation.

Immigrants from Central America line up while waiting for a QR code to register their migration status, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, December 29, 2021
Immigrants from Central America line up to register their migration status while waiting for a QR code in Mexico, December 29, 2021.

President Biden called for a fight against monopolies, noting that corporate greed is another reason for rising prices for consumers. Republicans and leading business groups have pushed back the initiative.

In his remarks, Clark threatened “excessive influence by the government in the form of heavy rules, antitrust investigations and Biden’s social spending bill.”[undermine] our weak economic recovery. “

“Here’s the U.S. House appeal to our partners in government: be active, not brake,” he said.

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