Saturday, August 10, 2013

Silicon Valley on Immigration

In this CS101 class it is interesting to see how much of a sway the Silicon Valley companies have in other aspect of American life/policy that isn't just technological. In an article by the MIT Technology Review, Silicon Valley is pushing looser immigration laws, especially since half of the engineers and scientists working for these companies are foreign born, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, even commented on how it is a shame to turn a talented person away from a company based on current immigration laws. With a technological boom that has become world wide, Silicon Valley still remains the hub of innovation. I am interested to see if big companies from Silicon Valley will have an affect on lobbying for looser immigration laws when much of the political discussion today is on whether our immigration laws are too relaxed.

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