A senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is traveling the land laying out the pro-business case for Congress overhauling the country’s immigration laws. Randal K. Johnson spoke in Nashville Aug. 28 at a forum where supporters of the bill currently in Congress touted what they say are the many benefits of allowing more foreign workers into America. If immigrant laborers are adequately vetted and tracked then national security will in fact be enhanced, Johnson argues. Formerly the Republican labor counsel and coordinator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Johnson recounted the political dynamics he observed working for expanded immigration over the years. An immigration overhaul was in fact imminent as the summer of 2001 drew to a close, he said, but in an instant the attacks of September 11 radically shifted the nation’s attention and political priorities. Now the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top immigration lobbyist, Johnson thinks the odds are about even Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the 2014 election.