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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.

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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.

Immigration Reform Remains Alive – and an Economic Imperative

In a speech to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday, Motorola Solutions CEO and Chairman Greg Brown rejected reports that immigration reform is dead.

"Why is the timing not right for this? I find that unacceptable," said Brown, who chairs Business Roundtable's Immigration Committee.

From The Daily Herald of suburban Chicago, "Motorola's Brown: Keep immigration reform alive to keep businesses competitive":

CFOs Set Priorities: Tax Reform, Education, Immigration, Infrastructure

Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal  held its fourth annual CFO Network conference, an invitation-only gathering of more than 100 chief financial officers of the world’s largest companies, many who serve under the CEOs who comprise Business Roundtable.

America’s Business Leaders Tell Congress: Our Economy Needs and Our Country Deserves a Modernized Immigration System

Business leaders representing a broad-based group of business interests, impacting every part of the U.S. economy, sent an open letter to members of Congress to fix America’s broken immigration system.

Open Letter to Congress: Our Economy Needs a Modernized Immigration System

In this letter to members of Congress, executives representing a broad-based group of business interests urge Congress to act on immigration.

The Economic Case for Fixing U.S. Immigration System

The political tussles over immigration reform remain complicated, but one thing is certain: Reform will help the U.S. economy.

That's the conclusion of a new report Business Roundtable issued today, "Contributing to American Growth: The Economic Case for Immigration Reform," which draws on major analyses to document the potential economic gains.

For example:

Business Roundtable Underscores Economic Case for Immigration Reform

Business Roundtable re-emphasized the powerful boost immigration reform would give to the American economy through a compilation of economic analyses and the personal stories of nine immigrant executives, including four CEOs, who are vital to the success of major American companies.

Greg Brown Introduces BRT's 2014 Immigration Report

Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and Chair of the Business Roundtable Immigration Committee, discusses BRT's "Contributing to American Growth: The Economic Case for Immigration Reform." Business Roundtable members are united in supporting common sense legislation to fix America's broken and outdated immigration system, because it will advance economic growth, job creation, and innovation.

Bottom Line: New Report - Immigration Reform Will Drive U.S. Economic Growth

Business Roundtable today re-emphasized the powerful boost immigration reform would give to the economy through a compilation of economic analyses.

Hitting High-Skilled Worker Visa Cap in First Week Reinforces Need for Fixing Immigration System

Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, said today’s announcement that both the 65,000 and 20,000 H-1B visa caps for fiscal year 2015 were reached within days is yet another indicator of a broken U.S. immigration system that needs repair. The filing period opened on April 1, 2014.

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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 
needs.
  • Providing for consistent and effective enforcement of immigration laws across the 
country.
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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 
construction.
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.