February 24, 2013. A Newsday article reports that the Long Island Association—the most influential business group in the area—has announced its support for comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigrant advocates want to ensure workers are not exploited or paid lower wages and have eventual access to a path for citizenship.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, immigration research director at the Fiscal Policy Institute in Manhattan, said efforts should first address the estimated 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants, while creating an orderly immigration system, without flooding business sectors with lower-wage workers.

“We need to balance the business interests with the interests of workers,” he said.