Top U.S. Tech Companies Urge Lawmakers to Reform Immigration Policy

The top executives of over 100 U.S.-based tech companies have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers imploring them to reform immigration and address skill shortages by issuing more special visas so that talented individuals outside the U.S. can come here to work. The letter (reported on by The Hill) is signed by a number of high profile CEOs including Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Zynga's Mark Pincus and Microsoft's Bradford L. Smith, and others.

"…because our current immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many highly-skilled immigrants who want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain permanent visas," the letter notes. "Some do not bother to come in the first place. This is often due to visa shortages, long waits for green cards and lack of mobility." The letter further asks lawmakers for immigration reforms that brings visa availability to the level of demands of the job market, and to make spouses and children exempt from the overall visa cap.

You can read the letter here.

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