Why I’m pleasantly surprised with Obama’s immigration plan

I had expected — or feared — that President Obama would once again let Silicon Valley down with his executive order on immigration. But he hasn’t. The president has done practically everything in his power to address the needs of the technology community. The larger problem is that this is a only band-aid. What is worse is that this will likely be the only immigration reform we see in the near future....

Snapdeal—the flourishing company America passed on—offers a lesson about immigration reform

After graduating from Wharton in 2007, Kunal Bahl wanted to become an entrepreneur. He couldn’t get a visa, so he had to return home to India. He started SnapDeal in February 2010 with the ambition of building India’s Groupon. Then he saw an even greater opportunity—to turn SnapDeal into India’s Amazon.com. Snapdeal already has more than 25 million customers and sells goods from 50,000 merchants. With...

Politico Magazine: America’s Crazy, Upside-Down Immigration System

Does America’s immigration system make sense to anyone? The recent influx of thousands of migrant children from Central America has highlighted the failure of reform efforts and gripped the nation’s attention. This is a humanitarian crisis that must be resolved. But forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immigrants who have been held hostage to...

Washington Post: Cantor’s loss won’t kill immigration reform; It was already dead.

There are debates about whether comprehensive immigration reform is dead because of the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the primaries. The fact is that it never had any hope. Americans are deeply divided on whether people who entered the country unlawfully should be allowed to become citizens and enjoy the same rights as those who were born here or migrated legally. The insistence by the...

Bloomberg TV: What’s Next for Tech on Immigration Reform?

June 11 (Bloomberg) — Stanford University Fellow Vivek Wadhwa discusses the impact of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss on the tech industry. Wadhwa speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”  With Emily Chang   ...

Washington Post: We’ve failed on immigration reform. Here are five ways to get back on track

Immigration reform has been a quagmire, largely because of demands by Democrats for all or nothing. They would not agree to increase the numbers of visas for skilled workers unless the Republicans agreed to legalize the more than 10 million immigrants who are in the country without documentation — and did it on their terms. Democrats also allowed special-interest groups such as Big Labor to craft a complex...

Wall Street Journal: Hire the Best Workers Wherever They Are

Whenever I write about immigration, I hear heart-wrenching stories of computer workers who are unemployed and facing severe hardship. I get bombarded in the comments sections, on Twitter, and via email. Some people get so angry and xenophobic that they threaten me with violence. Their argument is that if there were indeed a shortage of talent, there would no unemployment in the technology industry; that technology...

LinkedIn: Why Zuckerberg And Jobs Are Taking A Stand On Immigration

I’ve been one of the staunchest advocates of skilled immigration and have long argued that this should be a top legislative priority for Congress. As I explained in my book, Immigrant Exodus, skilled immigration is an economic issue that is directly tied to the health of our economy. America is bleeding talent and losing global competitiveness because of its flawed immigration policies. But, as I wrote...

Washington Post: Gambling with the soul of America

I used to believe that clearing up the skilled-immigrant backlog and creating a startup visa should be Congress’s top legislative priorities. This is what I focused on in my book, “Immigrant Exodus”. If you had told me a documentary could shift my mindset, I would have said you were crazy. That was before I watched “Documented” – a film that made me realize there is a piece of legislation even more...

PBS NewsHour: The Immigrant Brain Drain: How America Is Losing Its High-Tech Talent

Diversity boosts high-tech innovation in America, argues Vivek Wadhwa. Paul Solman: There aren’t enough IT jobs to meet demand? Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University and a fellow at Stanford Law School, questions that claim. He responds to Wednesday’s post on the Making Sen$e Business Desk from Hal Salzman, B. Lindsay Lowell and Daniel Kuehn, in which...

TechCrunch: Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

The passage of immigration reform by the Senate was a big step forward. The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way toward solving Silicon Valley’s talent shortage — and America’s immigrant exodus. But big hurdles lie ahead as anti-immigrant groups regroup. Extreme elements of the right will be fighting to close the borders while their counter parts on the left — Big Labor in particular...

Washington Post: Immigration reform’s giant leap for Valley kind

Immigration reform took a big leap forward on Thursday when the Senate approved a sweeping immigration reform bill. The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way towards solving Silicon Valley’s talent shortage—and America’s immigrant exodus. The biggest hurdles lie ahead, however. The House version of the bill goes further than the Senate in addressing the technology sector’s talent woes in some...