Published: January 29, 2013
Washington – 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.
Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Chair of BRT’s new Select Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, released the following statement:
“The CEOs of Business Roundtable, who lead major American companies operating in every sector of the economy, are encouraged that President Obama and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators are proposing comprehensive immigration reform. America needs a modern immigration system that allows talent from around the world to contribute to the U.S. economy, enhancing U.S. competitiveness and spurring economic growth.
“Specifically, BRT supports comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the status of the more than 10 million foreign individuals living in the United States illegally, provides for more efficient and accurate verification of worker eligibility, and improves legal channels that would allow immigrants to help meet the demand for labor across many economic sectors – including the hospitality, construction, agriculture and high-tech industries. We look forward to working with the President and Congress on sensible solutions to make America more competitive in the world economy.”
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.