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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.

America's Business Leaders Praise Senate Passage of Immigration Bill

Washington – Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today praised the U.S. Senate for passing S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, and urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation this year to fix America’s broken immigration system. 

Senate Has Historic Opportunity to Advance Meaningful Immigration Reform

Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today urged U.S. Senators to approve S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, and keep the momentum building for real, bipartisan solutions this year.

America’s Business Leaders Urge House Leadership to Embrace a Deliberate Process to Ensure that Immigration Policy is Done Well

Business Roundtable sent a letter today to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi encouraging the U.S. House of Representatives to embrace a “deliberate process to ensure that immigration policy is done well.”

Letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi on Immigration Reform

The time has come for realistic immigration solutions that will both strengthen national security and make the American economy healthier.

Vote to Proceed on Immigration Bill Critical Step Forward on Enacting Real, Bipartisan Solutions

Business Roundtable praises bipartisan support in the Senate on the motion to proceed with debate on S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”

America’s Business Leaders Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing Immigration Bill

WashingtonBusiness Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today praised bipartisan passage of S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” by a vote of 13-5. The measure to overhaul America’s immigration system was supported by all Democratic members of the Committee and three Republicans, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Bottom Line: Immigration Reform Needed to Bolster U.S. Innovation Economy

In testimony yesterday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, business leaders and policy experts explained how reform of the broken U.S. immigration system will strengthen the economy and spur greater innovation in America:

America’s Business Leaders Commend Senate Immigration Bill as Important First Step

Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today praised the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” as a critical first step in advancing top-to-bottom reform of the U.S. immigration system, but expressed concern about overly restrictive provisions related to temporary high-skilled visas that may impede U.S. employers’ ability to hire highly sought after top world talent.

Bottom Line: Business Leaders Urge Congress to Fix Broken Immigration System

As Congress advances immigration reform legislation, Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today outlined policy recommendations to fix America’s broken immigration system. Among the key provisions in Taking Action on Immigration: Realistic Solutions for Fixing a Broken System are the following:

America’s Business Leaders Outline Policy Priorities for Fixing Broken Immigration System

As Congress advances immigration reform legislation, Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today outlined policy recommendations to fix America’s broken immigration system. The solutions come after months of consultation with business organizations, trade associations, labor unions and other stakeholders

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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.