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Motorola's Brown: Keep immigration reform alive to keep businesses competitive
Daily Herald (IL) ^ | 6/27/2014 | Anna Marie Kukec

Posted on 06/27/2014 8:55:00 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom

Despite published reports Thursday that immigration reform is dead, Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown rallied business leaders to keep it alive because of its impact on their competitiveness, innovation and the economy.

Brown said he was disturbed that Congress has given up on immigration reform at a time when the economic recovery is "fragile" and businesses will lose their competitive edge without it.

"Why is the timing not right for this? I find that unacceptable," Brown said.

Brown urged business leaders to get involved in the fight to pass immigration reform during his keynote speech at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in downtown Chicago. The Washington Post and other media outlets said Thursday that immigration reform is dead until President Obama leaves office. Brown serves on the president's immigration reform committee and sounded the alarm on what could happen without it.

Brown said American businesses are at a crisis point because they cannot find workers with the skills needed to produce innovative products and to compete worldwide.

Even companies such as Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions and others depend on talent from around the world, including from such competitive markets as India and China. However, many of those young immigrants get their educations in the United States, but then return to their native lands because they cannot stay here, he said.

He said reform could be tackled again next year, because it spans all political parties and small and big businesses. Such reform will make companies better, produce more for the local economy and, ultimately, create more jobs, he said.

"Immigration reform is not about taking jobs from U.S. workers," Brown said. In fact, he said it could lead to hiring more U.S. workers as businesses grow.

"Immigrant workers are job generators themselves. They have a job multiplier effect," he said. "So if our goal is to grow a dynamic environment for businesses to be created, grow and thrive, we ought to care about this as a state."

Besides passing immigration reform to help in the short term, Brown believes strengthening ties with local colleges and universities can help cultivate future engineers and other skilled labor.

For example, Motorola Solutions has had a 25-year partnership with Harper College in Palatine, and the company also partners with After School Matters, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Museum of Science and Industry, local school districts and other groups. He encouraged others to do the same to prepare future generations for the workforce.

"It's about preparing the workforce for the jobs that will keep America competitive and enable kids to succeed in the 21st century," Brown said. "But, unfortunately, it takes 18 years to make an engineer, and the crisis for talent is now."

Besides tackling such issues, the chamber said a fond farewell Thursday to longtime President and CEO Doug Whitley, a Batavia resident.

Several dignitaries and business leaders, including Brown, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others, congratulated Whitley on his retirement and praised his unrelenting efforts to fight for issues to help businesses.

Whitley continued to lead the charge, telling colleagues not to give up on immigration reform and other major issues and thanking everyone for their support.

Whitley will be replaced by Todd Maisch, who had been the chamber's executive vice president.

In other news, the chamber presented its 6th annual Edie Awards to businesses for their economic development impact on Illinois. Winners included CVS Caremark Customer Center in Mount Prospect, Peacock Engineering in Romeoville, Universal Technical Institute in Lisle as well as Midwest Inland Port in Decatur and CSL Behring in Kankakee.


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Liar. There are 5 million unemployed technical professionals in the USA - the only 'shortage' is in those willing to work for the Third World wages that global corporations feel entitled to. Dragging down our standard of living so corporations can further fatten their bottom lines is corporate welfare.
1 posted on 06/27/2014 8:55:00 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom
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To: ConservingFreedom
Yes, big business owns this country and the politicians in it.

The rest of us exist at their pleasure.

2 posted on 06/27/2014 8:57:12 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ConservingFreedom

“Brown said American businesses are at a crisis point because they cannot find workers with the skills needed to produce innovative products and to compete worldwide.”

Yes, for the wages you want to pay them.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 8:58:56 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: ConservingFreedom

Which countries have higher levels of immigration than the US against which we will lose our ‘competitive edge?’


4 posted on 06/27/2014 9:01:28 AM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

And when you’ve turned the biggest economy on Earth into a third world hell hole who’s going to buy your products then?


5 posted on 06/27/2014 9:05:02 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: ConservingFreedom

This pisses me off. What I’m about to say is definitely going to get me flamed by many here, so here it goes anyway.

If American Tech companies are really having the hard time finding qualified workers they say they are then why not partner with local schools and colleges to implement programs that grow qualified tech workers here? It’s a win-win for everyone. Think about it, if companies don’t hire native workers and outsource foreign workers, at some point there won’t be anyone in the US who can afford their damn products. Grow your own workers here, and you also grow your own consumers. It doesn’t happen because companies will always look to maximize their profits. Which in this case means bringing in foreign workers. I’m all for capitalism, but at some point I believe a company should also have the well being of the country as one of their interests. CEO’s and share holders should have some damn sense of patriotism.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 9:11:16 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: ConservingFreedom

The individual should be told flat out, that Motorola can either be a patriotic American company, or it should not look to exploiting, or even participating, in the American marketplace.

By its actions, if Motorola is seeking to undermine America, its prosperity, its citizens, and its economy, then Motorola needs to find a new country that offers it as much potential.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Motorola abandoned manufacturing in the US at least 20 years ago. They only exist in the US as a sales-marketing firm. Maybe instead of trying to flood those divisions in the US with third world labor, they should move offshore altogether, like so many other former US industries did. I’m sure that there’s plenty of markets in the world for their products, except for the ones that the chinese now dominate in, using technology handed over by companies like oh, say, motorola.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:17 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Don’t worry. Soon enough cheap labor won’t be good enough for them either. What they really long for is slave labor.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 9:33:49 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: ConservingFreedom

“keep competitive” sounds so much nicer than “destroy the American middle class”.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 9:35:05 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: ConservingFreedom

Americans are not short on innovative ideas. As the only nation based upon the individual, America has always been a nation of the innovative, which is why a Japanese executive once observed, “All ‘Mellican, oddball!”

In his eyes, all Americans were non-conformists, “Oddball”.

It was actually quite a compliment.

America has too much regulation, legislation, and far too much government ‘spendulation’ of our money.

Get the regulatory ape off America’s back and we will once again be on the way to dominating the world economy because our uniquely American emphasis on the individual harnesses man’s basic nature.

Man cares best for that which is his.

Freedom of choice and private property once defined America and made possible a level of wealth and productivity never before seen on earth.

Dump the regulations.

Fire the AgencyPersons.

Or America declines and the world follows America back into the darkness of tyranny.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 9:50:53 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: sean327
Well stated, nothing to disagree about.

Our Republic is being destroyed from within by crony capitalists and utterly corrupt politicians from both parties.

12 posted on 06/27/2014 9:59:56 AM PDT by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: ConservingFreedom

This guy must be a blithering idiot.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 10:00:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sean327
If American Tech companies are really having the hard time finding qualified workers they say they are then why not partner with local schools and colleges to implement programs that grow qualified tech workers here?

If they really were honest about the dearth of qualified employees they'd do exactly as you suggest.

Trouble is, those students would require a certain standard of living these employers are not willing to pay for. Not when there are poor benighted workers who will work for anything if it means escaping their hellholes.

14 posted on 06/27/2014 10:05:08 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: GladesGuru

Would someone tell me how amnesty for uneducated, unskilled people who cannot even speak the language will be an asset to America??????????????


15 posted on 06/27/2014 10:10:31 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Must be a techno-coolie shortage at Motorola


16 posted on 06/27/2014 10:26:57 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: JayAr36
"Would someone tell me how amnesty for uneducated, unskilled people who cannot even speak the language will be an asset to America??????????????"

It depends on how you define America. If America is nothing more than Corporations, amnesty will help further depress wages, hence increasing profits. Increased profits are good? /

17 posted on 06/27/2014 10:31:25 AM PDT by buckalfa (Charter Member of the Group W Bench)
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To: ConservingFreedom
Liar. There are 5 million unemployed technical professionals in the USA

Yes, and count me as one. We conservatives need to realize we have been used by Big Business like we've been used by the RINOs.

18 posted on 06/27/2014 10:35:17 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: ConservingFreedom
“Brown said American businesses are at a crisis point because they cannot find workers with the skills needed to produce innovative products and to compete worldwide.”

Right...but a host of bedraggled, uneducated street rats from some $hithole in Central America are going to magically morph into Math, Science and Engineering wizards who will lead us all into the promised land of the future? I don't think so scooter.

I've spent 30+ years working for a Fortune 100 company and have watched them rape, pillage and burn their American workforce as they export jobs (and the future), to places like India, The Philippines and Estonia.

The leadership of these “global enterprises” have no allegiance to the America which originally gave them their economic and political freedom to thrive. This whole out of control immigration process is about grinding the American middle class into economic dust so corporations can have dirt cheap labor.

19 posted on 06/27/2014 10:40:15 AM PDT by Towed_Jumper (What does it mean to be declared "guilty" in a nation without the rule of law?)
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To: Towed_Jumper
“Brown said American businesses are at a crisis point because they cannot find workers with the skills needed to produce innovative products and to compete worldwide.”

Millions of uneducated welfare seekers is going to help? How? Plus the taxes needed to support them will hurt business.

20 posted on 06/27/2014 10:43:46 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

“Millions of uneducated welfare seekers is going to help? How? Plus the taxes needed to support them will hurt business.”

Exactly...as a nation we’re being set up for an epic fail by our Corptocracy.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 1:09:20 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (What does it mean to be declared "guilty" in a nation without the rule of law?)
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To: Towed_Jumper

death rattles of a dying nation


22 posted on 06/27/2014 2:31:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: buckalfa

If those dumb a$$es in government want to increase profits then lets allow more educated people into the states and generate more innovative products for the world. Since our schools are incapable of educating our own young people we have to accept more from the countries that do educate their young.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 7:13:16 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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