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What is Business Roundtable

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.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

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.

About BRT

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.

CEO Survey: Economy Grows, But More Action Needed

The economy is making progress, the latest Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey indicates, but the expected 2.4 percent GDP growth falls short of what America's capable of. 

BRT Chairman Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, Inc., discussed results of the survey in a media conference call this morning. He argued that a full recovery should reach at least 4 percent GDP growth.

Support Still Strong for Immigration Reform

Displaying impressive business support for fixing America's failed system of immigration, 636 trade associations, companies and other groups are calling on Congress to act on reform legislation this year.

BRT: Immigration Reform Standards Keep the Ball Moving

Washington – Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today applauded the release of House Republican immigration reform standards, calling them a positive step forward on the path to fixing America’s broken immigration system.

CEOs See Modest Growth Ahead: A News Roundup

News coverage of the just-released 4th Quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

Improving Security & Enforcing Immigration Laws

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.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown, 57, is chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions where he has led the company for a decade.  Under Brown’s leadership, this 90-year old company has been completely transformed. He led the break-up of the company by spinning off the cellular phone business and divesting two other multi-billion dollar divisions.  Since the company split on January 1, 2011, annualized total shareholder return has averaged 25% a year.
 

Bottom Line: America’s Business Leaders Continue Push for Immigration Reform

Following a week of encouraging comments from Speaker Boehner and President Obama on the prospects for immigration reform, the CEO members of Business Roundtable continue to make the case to Congress and the President to work together to find solutions this year:

Immigration Reform Part of Necessary Unfinished Business Washington Needs to Address

With a new immigration reform measure introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today, Business Roundtable called on Congress and the Administration to resolve their differences over budget issues and work together to fix the broken U.S. immigration system.

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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.
Read More
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.