Immigration

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…

Washington Post: Silicon Valley’s second-term wish list

Silicon Valley contributed more to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign than Wall Street and Hollywood, according to a Nov. 3 San Francisco Chronicle report. The Valley contributed $14.7 million compared to $14.5 million from New York City and $6.3 million from the Beverly Hills crowd….

The Economist: People Power

American immigration People power America needs to rethink its immigration policy Oct 20th 2012 | From the print edition Praying for a green card The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent. By Vivek Wadhwa. Wharton Digital Press; 106 pages; $15.99 and…

Washington Post: China, immigration and the presidential debate’s clueless moment

The moderator, CNN host Candy Crowley, asked a great question during Tuesday night’s presidential debate: “iPad, the Macs, the iPhones, they are all manufactured in China. One of the major reasons is labor is so much cheaper here. How do you convince a great American company to…

Time Magazine: Vivek Wadhwa–Stop the U.S. Highly-Skilled ‘Immigrant Exodus’ Now

By Sam Gustin, TIME United States policymakers are failing to address the departure from this country of tens of thousands of talented immigrants — including engineers, doctors, lawyers and teachers. These highly-skilled workers are leaving the U.S. because they can’t obtain permanent residency here….

Washington Post: America to immigrants: ‘Give me your tired, your poor’ but keep your entrepreneurs

Hardik Desai conceived a startup while he was studying for an MBA at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University (OSU) in 2008. Based on research that the university was conducting, Desai came up with a new way to diagnose a group of…

THE IMMIGRANT EXODUS: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

My book on immigration is releasing on October 2 along with a research report that I co-authored with Dean AnnaLee Saxenian of UC-Berkeley and Prof. Dan Siciliano of Stanford Law School. There is no good news. The research shows an alarming drop in immigrant entrepreneurship–just…

Washington Post: America’s irrational immigration fear

One of the most contentious issues in the skilled-immigrant debate is the H-1B visa, which allows qualified immigrants to work for U.S. tech companies on a temporary basis. Proponents of raising the H1-B visa cap say the nation faces a dire shortage of engineering talent…