Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
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.
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 needs.
- Providing for consistent and effective enforcement of immigration laws across the country.
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 construction.
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.