Our Dated Immigration Policies Could Torpedo the Tech Economy

Wired
February 25, 2013

It’s an iPad and smartphone world. Yet we’re stuck with an immigration system formed in the age of black-and-white TVs.

Whereas the success of yesterday’s Fortune 500 companies — like U.S. Steel and Amoco — once depended on resources, today’s Fortune 500 companies — like Google and eBay — depend on access to talent. Even so, there’s been no substantive reform of our immigration laws for nearly 50 years. It’s now more difficult than ever for foreign-born workers to come, contribute, and thrive in the United States.

We must create an immigration system that fits the needs of a 21st century economy. We must attract and retain the world’s brightest minds and hardest workers. But before we can do that, we need Congress to act.

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