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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.

Taking Action on Immigration

Business Roundtable proposes common sense solutions that will better secure U.S. borders; provide for consistent enforcement of laws; and encourage immigrants to come here legally, work hard and contribute to America.

Bottom Line: We Need Common Sense Immigration Reform Today

In a speech this week in Chicago, Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Business Roundtable Executive Committee member, called for ‘common sense’ immigration reform solutions that will enhance U.S. business.

Bottom Line: Reforming Immigration Is Vital for Both National Security and Economic Growth

Greg Brown – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. and Chair of Business Roundtable’s Select Committee on Immigration – advocated for ‘realistic solutions’ to fix America’s broken immigration system in an op-ed published this week.

Brown: Reforming immigration is vital for both national security and economic growth

In a column in the Las Vegas Sun, Motorola Solutions Chairman & CEO Greg Brown, Chair of BRT's Immigration Committee, writes that immigration reform is essential for creating a healthy economy.

Business Roundtable Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposals

Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today commented on comprehensive immigration reform proposals announced by President Obama and a bipartisan group of Senators.

BRT Announces Formation of Select Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Business Roundtable (BRT) announced that Motorola Solutions Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown will lead BRT CEOs in a new effort to reform the country’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.
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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.