Friday, 21 June 2013

Tech industry lobbies Congress for US immigration reform

Representatives of many of the most famous tech firms in the US have lobbied Congress and urged it to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill that they will vote on this summer.
Over the last few weeks, representatives of Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Intel, Adobe, Broadcom, Motorola have held meetings with members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In order for the bill to become law, both houses of Congress will have to vote for it with 60% of votes in favour. The tech firms are trying to persuade as many senators and representatives as possible to vote for reform.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other key figures in the industry have founded an online pressure group,, to put pressure on Congress to back the reform act.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act 2013 was drafted by eight senators, four Republicans and four Democrats, nicknamed the Gang of Eight. If it is passed, it will alter almost every area of the US immigration system which President Obama has described as 'broken'.
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