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600-plus business groups press for immigration

February 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald’s, have sent a letter to the leader of the House of Representatives pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.

The 636 groups said “failure to act is not an option” and implored Speaker John Boehner to move on legislation to fix the immigration system.

Immigration legislation has stalled in the House. Boehner and Republican leaders unveiled a set of principles last month, but rank-and-file members have shown little inclination to tackle the divisive issue in an election year.

Boehner blamed distrust of President Barack Obama among his Republican caucus for the House’s unwillingness to deal with the issue.

The letter was signed by 246 businesses from around the country and 390 business associations.

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