Silicon Valley support for US visa reform
A coalition of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and social media experts will today launch a campaign for comprehensive immigration reform.
The “March for Innovation” is aimed at convincing lawmakers to back a Bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to hire engineers to develop tech companies.
“Our immigration laws are so inefficient,” said Prerna Gupta, a co-founder of Khush, and the daughter of Indian immigrants. “Our country was built off the backs of immigrants and I’ve seen first-hand the impact that educated immigrants can have. So as an employer, it’s extremely frustrating not to be able to hire the educated engineers we need,” she said.
She is one of a group that includes Steve Case, a co-founder of AOL; Ron Conway, a Silicon Valley angel investor; Brad Feld, the tech investor and entrepreneur; Joe Green from Causes, the online advocacy application in Facebook; and Joe Trippi, Democrat Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign manager.
They are being co-ordinated by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders headed by New York’s Michael Bloomberg.– Copyright The Financial Times Limited