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June 25, 2007

High-Tech Titans Strike Out on Immigration Bill

By ROBERT PEAR, New York Times, published: June 25, 2007

"WASHINGTON, June 24 — Bill Gates and Steven A. Ballmer of Microsoft have led a parade of high-tech executives to Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to provide more visas for temporary foreign workers and permanent immigrants who can fill critical jobs.

Google has reminded senators that one of its founders, Sergey Brin, came from the Soviet Union as a young boy. To stay competitive in a “knowledge-based economy,” company officials have said, Google needs to hire many more immigrants as software engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists.

The top executives of these and other high-tech companies have been making a huge effort to reshape the Senate immigration bill to meet their demand for more foreign workers. But they have had only limited success, as is often the case when strong-willed corporate leaders confront powerful members of Congress...".

at; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/25/technology/25tech.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 25, 2007 07:05 AM

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