Published: January 29, 2013
Washington – Business Roundtable (BRT) today 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.
“Business Roundtable CEOs, who lead major companies that operate in every sector of the economy, believe that our country needs a sensible, modern immigration system that enables talent from around the world to contribute to the domestic workforce,” said Brown, Chair of the Select Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “The current immigration system simply does not serve America’s economic, security and national interests.”
Brown will lead BRT CEOs in advocating for immigration policies that will help make America more competitive in the global economy. Specifically, the Roundtable believes comprehensive immigration reform must address the status of the more than 10 million foreign individuals living in the U.S. illegally, provide for more efficient and accurate verification of worker eligibility, and improve legal channels that would allow immigrants to help meet the demand for labor across many economic sectors – including hospitality, construction and high-tech.
“America’s immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed,” said BRT President John Engler. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get this right, and the Roundtable is committed to a reformed immigration system that rewards talent and fosters economic growth. Greg Brown is an excellent choice to lead America’s CEOs on this effort.”
Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 16 million employees. BRT member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market and invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development – equal to 61 percent of U.S. private R&D spending. Our companies pay $182 billion in dividends to shareholders and generate nearly $500 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
BRT companies give more than $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.