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Motorola Solution CEO Brown takes message for immigration reform to Obama

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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:45AM

John Rowe, chairman emeritus of Exelon Corp., has high-powered company in his efforts to make a business case for immigration reform.

Greg Brown, CEO of Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions, chairs the Business Roundtable’s committee on immigration reform. He said he is hopeful that Congress can enact changes in the next few months as a way to boost this country’s economic recovery.

“This is about making our country more competitive,” Brown said after meeting with President Obama about the issue, along with about a dozen other CEOs, Tuesday. The group included Jeff Smisek, CEO of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc.

In a Bloomberg TV interview, Brown said immigration reform would let the nation attract “the best and the brightest” workers.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee started hearings on immigration this week after Obama and a bipartisan group of senators that includes U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed reforms. They include allowing highly skilled immigrants to more easily obtain work visas, and offering permanent legal status to illegal immigrants who pay back taxes and pass background checks.

Brown said true reform would protect the nation’s borders, offer a path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants, use verification technology to confirm immigrants’ employment and revamp unwieldy processes and procedures.

“This makes economic sense,” Brown said. “Housing is recovering, the economy is recovering and while we still have to fix the [federal] debt, we’re finally at a point to get immigration reform done.”

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