immigration reform

  • 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

  • White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

    White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

    TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More

  • US Burns Through All High-Skill Visas For 2015 In Less Than A Week

    US Burns Through All High-Skill Visas For 2015 In Less Than A Week

    And then there were none: As expected, more people applied for high-skill and high-degree U.S. work visas in the first five days of the application period than there were slots. This is precisely what happened last year. Read More

  • Zuckerberg-Linked Group Releases Ad Blasting House GOP For Immigration Reform Intransigence

    Zuckerberg-Linked Group Releases Ad Blasting House GOP For Immigration Reform Intransigence

    The Council for American Job Growth, an affiliate of the Zuckerberg-founded and financed Fwd.us group, has released a new ad blasting House Republicans for slowing the path to immigration reform. Fwd.us is controversial in Silicon Valley, where its tactics have caused a stir. After the group financed advertising praising the Keystone XL Pipeline, it lost Elon Musk as a supporter. The efficacy… Read More

  • FWD.us Hires CTO To Fight For Immigration Reform With Tech, Not Just Money

    FWD.us Hires CTO To Fight For Immigration Reform With Tech, Not Just Money

    With Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates as founders, you’d think FWD.us would focus on building tech tools to push for immigration reform. Yet it’s mostly used money to buy campaign ads for supportive Congress members and run grassroots campaigns. But now it’s hired Darius Contractor as CTO; he’ll be working with volunteer engineers and running hackathons to code the way… Read More

  • Why The Outlook For High-Skilled Immigration Reform In 2013 Remains Troubled

    Why The Outlook For High-Skilled Immigration Reform In 2013 Remains Troubled

    Coming off of what can only be called a political victory in the shutdown and debt limit crisis, President Obama is making noise about reviving comprehensive immigration reform from its dead status. Don’t get too excited. Following his win, the president appears to feel it’s time to push an issue that was all but written off a month ago. However, it remains unclear what, if any… Read More

  • High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    After much speech and pomp, it appears that general immigration reform is dead in 2013, ending with it the chance of positive change to how we handle high-skill immigration. It didn’t have to end this way, but here we are and we need to face the current reality. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reported yesterday that in the House, the so-called Gang of Seven will likely not… Read More

  • ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem Crunch Network

    ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    There’s a crippling STEM talent shortage out there, stalking the streets of Silicon Valley; just ask any Valley executive in the choir crying out for immigration reform. But the IEEE, PBS, and Fortune — an odd triumvirate if ever I saw one — disagree, singing back their own united refrain: “The STEM shortage is a myth!” And, as usual, everyone is wrong. Read More

  • Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    In April, the Senate put together a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was then sent to the House of Representatives where it currently languishes. Once wrapped into the larger comprehensive immigration reform push, high-skilled immigration reform’s success became dependent on the passage of the full bill. Read More

  • Zuckerberg’s Undocumented High School Students Sparked His Immigration Reform Passion

    Zuckerberg’s Undocumented High School Students Sparked His Immigration Reform Passion

    In addition to leading one of the most ambitious businesses of the 21st century, billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is also an occasional high school teacher. After Zuckerberg decided to give part of his substantial wealth to education, his wife decided that he shouldn’t be another armchair check writer. “Pretty quickly, she decided that I wasn’t going to be someone… Read More

  • Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Despite the international heritage of the United States, Americans are not eager for more immigrants. A new Gallup poll finds that only 16 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats think that immigration “should be increased.” The good news is that this paltry support is a record high and continues to grow. “Support for increasing immigration remains the minority… Read More

  • Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    We reported yesterday that the most unproductive Congress in history may kill high-skilled immigration reform. Despite a comprehensive immigration bill being passed in the Senate, top Republicans in the House of Representatives say the Senate version is a “Pipe Dream” and they plan to aggressively pursue their own (right or wrong). Here’s why Republicans and Democrats… Read More

  • How Hackers Beat The NSA In The ’90s And How They Can Do It Again

    How Hackers Beat The NSA In The ’90s And How They Can Do It Again

    While the world parses the ramifications of the National Security Agency’s massive snooping operation, it’s important to remember an earlier government attempt at data collection and, more important, how a group of hackers and activists banded together to stop it. Read More