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The United States Chamber of Commerce has called for doubling the number of legal immigrants to the country, saying this could ease inflation and the labor shortage crisis.

“We need more workers. We should welcome people who want to come here, go to school and stay ”, Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. “This is a place where the government could be particularly helpful and we think it would be anti-inflationary.”

Clark added that bringing in more foreign workers would help ease the supply chain disruptions that are at the heart of soaring inflation, including the shortage of truck drivers. “If we can alleviate the labor shortage, that might be the quickest thing to do to impact inflation,” she said.

House policy maker Neil Bradley added: “We haven’t had a sudden surge in concentration in our supply chains that has created some bottlenecks. When the administration opts for concentration, antitrust, or the FTC as a solution, it is really missing out on the bigger issues it needs to work on.

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