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Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

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As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, Business Roundtable members understand the importance of fixing America’s broken immigration system. Immigration reform, done right, will help keep America secure and is essential for a healthier economy – accelerating growth, encouraging hiring and creating American jobs.

Congress Remains Missing from Immigration Debate

Congress must tackle the underlying issues that keep our system from working for our country and our economy.

Joint Statement on High-Skilled Immigration

The following joint statement was submitted to the Senate Judiciary CommitteeSubcommittee on Immigration and National Interest, for a Feb. 25, 2016 hearing, "The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers."

BRT Comments on DHS STEM Rule

BRT urges DHS to finalize and implement this regulation consistent with suggested modifications and looks forward to continued engagement with the agency on immigration issues.

Immigration laws should strengthen US, not its rivals,’ Says Motorola CEO in The Hill Today

In The Hill today, Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, and Chair of the Business Roundtable Immigration Committee, weighed in on the FY 2016 H-1B caps being reached:

Competitor Nations Welcome Talent U.S. H-1B System Shuts Out

New Business Roundtable Report Shows Other Advanced Economies Have Figured Out Better Ways to Allow Employers to Hire High-skilled, Top World Talent

Annual H-1B Visa Rush Shows Need for Immigration Reform

Business Roundtable's recent analysis, State of Immigration: How the United States Stacks Up in the Global Talent Competition, reports that the United States ranks 9th out of 10 top economies in policies that encourage balanced, growth-supporting immigration. Included in the report -- which covers many types of immigration, including high-skilled employees, entrepreneurs, intra-company transfers, and low-skilled workers -- is this summary of U.S. policies on temporary visas:

For a More Competitive Business Environment, Tax Reform and Talent

From our friends at Grand Valley State University in Michigan:

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler said states with the best education and talent will win economically, during his remarks at a Seidman College of Business event.

U.S. is Far Behind in the Race for Global Talent

Based on a comprehensive examination of 10 advanced economies to identify and evaluate the best immigration policies to promote economic growth, the United States ranked 9th out of 10 competitor countries, ahead of only Japan, a country historically closed to outsiders. This analysis found that America’s near-bottom ranking among major advanced economies is due to U.S. laws and regulations that impose unrealistic numerical limits and excessive bureaucratic rules on hiring workers that the country’s economy needs. 

Searching for the High-Skilled Worker

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on high-skilled immigration reform.  The hearing is expected to focus on individual instances of abuse or gaming of the system, but the principal problem is far larger: the artificial limits on visas for high-skilled workers currently set in law are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of our economy.

Business Roundtable Statement on President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal

Washington – BRT President John Engler made the following statement today on President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request to Congress: "America’s business leaders encourage the Administration to work with congressional leaders to find common ground on pro-growth tax policies."


Committee Priorities

With 11 million undocumented immigrants, the United States must do a better job of enforcing immigration law. Business Roundtable supports:

  • Eliminating the magnet of illegal employment through mandatory compliance with the 
current electronic employment verification system under a single nationwide standard.
  • Pursuing more effective strategies to secure American borders and ports of entry, such 
as mandating additional physical and surveillance resources to meet ongoing security 
  • Providing for consistent and effective enforcement of immigration laws across the 
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Welcoming Legal Immigrant Workers to Contribute to America

America has a long history of welcoming immigrants who through their own drive and hard work contribute to our society and economy. Business Roundtable supports:

  • Increasing the number of H-1B visas and exempting from the annual cap H-1B 
workers who have degrees in needed fields from universities in the United States.
  • Allowing individuals with advanced STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering 
and math) from universities in the United States to qualify immediately for a green card 
to work and live in the United States.
  • Establishing a manageable legal system for workers who may not have higher 
education but are needed for specific sectors, including agriculture, hospitality and 
Finding a Solution for Undocumented Immigrants

It is unrealistic to expect people who have set down roots to leave voluntarily, and large- scale deportation would disrupt the workforce, harm the economy and cost billions of dollars. Business Roundtable supports:

  • Allowing undocumented immigrants already residing in the United States to come forward, pay a penalty and undergo a series of requirements to earn legal status, including a security screening and learning English.
  • Enabling individuals who entered the United States as minors and who have been educated in U.S. schools to obtain green cards, subject to appropriate screening and restrictions.
  • Facilitating the integration of immigrants into American society through incentives and programs designed to encourage the learning of English and U.S. history and civics.