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Local business leaders push for immigration changes

Three local chambers of commerce are pressing North Carolina's U.S. senators to move forward on changes to the nation's immigration system and brings current undocumented workers "out of the shadows and into the legal economy."

"America is a nation of immigrants and a nation of innovators," the letter states. "Now, as we are competing in an increasing global economy, we must have a national immigration policy that honors our heritage and allows us to compete in the future."

Signed by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham and Raleigh chamber presidents, the letter urges Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to support the effort underway in the Senate to improve the immigration system with a focus on high-skilled and high-educated workers, as well as those of the state's agriculture industry.

"We write to you today to ask you to support the creation of a modern immigration system that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship," the letter states. "We believe that this can be achieved by more readily granting visas to STEM graduates from our nation’s top universities; establishing a Startup Visa program for entrepreneurs; and expanding the EB-5 investor visa to attract more foreign direct investment into the United States to spur business growth."

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