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Silicon Valley Presses Obama, Congress On Immigration Reform 221

walterbyrd sends this excerpt from the LA Times: "In a rare show of unity, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer were among a coalition of high-profile executives and venture capitalists to send a letter on Thursday to President Obama and congressional leaders pressing for a fix to restrictive immigration laws by year's end. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and executives are also planning a virtual "march" on Washington in April. 'Because our current immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled immigrants who want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain permanent visas,' the letter says. 'Some do not bother to come in the first place.'" The letter also offers these suggestions: "We believe that numerical levels and categories for high-skilled nonimmigrant and immigrant visas should be responsive to market needs and, where appropriate, include mechanisms to fluctuate based on objective standards. In addition, spouses and children should not be counted against the cap of high-skilled immigrant visas. There should not be a marriage or family penalty."
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Silicon Valley Presses Obama, Congress On Immigration Reform

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  • Re:ageism (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 16, 2013 @08:40AM (#43189987)

    If they didn't refuse to hire anyone over 40, they wouldn't have a problem...

    If people over 40 could put in the 60+ hour weeks needed to for US firms to stay competitive in the global market, instead of whining about needing to spend time with their families, then maybe they'd wouldn't lose out to younger people in hiring.

  • Re:ageism (Score:5, Funny)

    by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Saturday March 16, 2013 @02:22PM (#43191913)

    Fortunately IT people are legally excluded from overtime laws, so those extra 20 hours actually come for free. We can milk them for all they're worth, and since everyone is doing it we also maintain a job shortage so they're afraid to leave. I don't understand why the IT people don't appreciate our brilliant strategy, there's no down side!

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson