immigration reform

  • Addressing unjust US surveillance policies Crunch Network

    Addressing unjust US surveillance policies

    As the new administration’s rhetoric around maintaining public safety reaches a fever pitch, cutting-edge surveillance technologies are being rolled out and used on the American public — often without the public’s knowledge or consent, and often without judicial authorization. Read More

  • Making the case for a startup visa  Crunch Network

    Making the case for a startup visa 

    After failing to get their startup Udemy off the ground in their native Turkey, Eren Bali and Oktay Cağlar headed to the U.S. in 2009. Both knew that in the U.S., specifically Silicon Valley, they could gain the support and traction Udemy needed. Yet Udemy was not enough to get them into the country: The U.S. doesn’t have a visa specifically for entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses. Read More

  • How international startups are supporting New York City Crunch Network

    How international startups are supporting New York City

    Immigrants make up 13.3 percent of the population in the U.S., which is the highest percentage the country has seen in more than 100 years. Now let’s put this into perspective: Thirty-six percent of all top tech founders in the U.S. are immigrants — almost triple the percentage of immigrants in the country. Many immigrants are pushing innovation in the U.S, aiding the country… Read More

  • Let’s actually make America great again Crunch Network

    Let’s actually make America great again

    As the Internet and global commerce speed the flow of information, and as products and services for American consumers can be built in and delivered from just about any country in the world, there are fewer and fewer incentives for companies to locate their businesses here. But there is one competitive advantage we have that is driving global businesses to locate and create jobs here in… Read More

  • Solving The H-1B Visa Problem Crunch Network

    Solving The H-1B Visa Problem

    In this corner: A number of employers, particularly tech companies, who claim they have a large number of unfilled positions and can’t find enough skilled American workers to fill all their needs, and thus need to attract skilled foreign workers through an expanded H-1B visa program. In the opposite corner: Immigration skeptics, including probably every unemployed programmer in the… Read More

  • Immigration Bill Could Challenge Tech’s Ongoing Fight For Skilled Worker Visas

    Immigration Bill Could Challenge Tech’s Ongoing Fight For Skilled Worker Visas

    Even as immigration advocates push for increases to the H-1B visa quotas, calls for reform to the existing system are growing louder — from legislators and immigration advocacy groups alike. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin, a ranking Democrat, introduced a bill that would limit outsourcing of jobs by requiring companies to first attempt to hire U.S. citizens. Read More

  • How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley

    Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queue. This wait damages the entrepreneurship spirit and, worse, impacts career prospects, thereby crimping the economy. Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Read More

  • High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Dead This Year – Again

    High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Dead This Year – Again

    High-skill immigration reform failed to become law in 2013. The Senate managed to pass a comprehensive bill around a year ago that went precisely nowhere in the House. When the new year kicked off, there was some optimism that we could get something done. Misplaced optimism, really. With this Congress, having a positive outlook is something akin to masochism. Read More

  • Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Zuckerberg-Backed Lobby Group Fwd.us Will Spend $250K Airing Two New Pro-Immigration Reform Ads

    Immigration reform, conventional wisdom goes, becomes less likely to pass the closer we come to the midterm election cycle. Despite that, and recent reticence of House Republicans to put the issue on the agenda at all, the Mark Zuckerberg-backed FWD.us lobbying group is spending $250,000 to air new advertisements on cable.
    Why? According to the group, to “prod” the lower chamber… Read More