Immigration

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Harvard Business Review: Debunking Myths About Highly-Skilled Immigration and the Global Race for Talent

Talk to the founders of Silicon Valley startups and they will tell you that the single greatest obstacle they face after they obtain funding is the dearth of skilled talent. They say this is limiting their ability to innovate. A group of tech CEOs told President…

Washington Post: What you and the Senate need to know about Canada

Senators should be aware of a critical fact, as they debate immigration reform: If we don’t want foreign-born talent in the United States, other countries are more than happy to take the talent, and the innovation potential that goes with it, off of our…

Washington Post: The way forward for FWD.us

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla expressed his concerns about the lobbying tactics employed by the new advocacy organization FWD.us in a tweet, asking if the organization would “prostitute … values” to achieve its goals: Will Fwd.us prostitute climate destruction & other values to get a few…

Washington Post: Why we need a ‘plan B’ for comprehensive immigration reform

“Without a path to citizenship there can be no immigration reform,” said Senator Mike Bennet (D-Colo.), at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday during a panel discussion. Bennet, one of the “Gang of 8” senators negotiating comprehensive immigration reform legislation, was adamant that we should not create an…

Washington Post: Immigration reform’s ‘free lunch’

The saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” But the Startup Act 3.0, in its third incarnation, is starting to look a lot like an exception to the rule. The bill, introduced in the Senate, promises to jump-start the economy through the…

Forbes: Why Immigration Reform Is Destined to Be Another Obamacare

Silicon Valley was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s election campaign. In return, it expected he would do what he promised—fix the immigration bottleneck that is choking innovation and forcing the world’s best and brightest to return home. But on the first opportunity he…

Washington Post: Will Obama ‘seize’ skilled-immigrant moment? — By Emi Kolawole

By Emi Kolawole Now that President Obama is fresh off of his reelection victory, immigration reform, while somewhat overshadowed by the impending “fiscal cliff,” is among the first issues he has said his administration will tackle. In his first news conference after the election, the president said…