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Silicon Valley readies immigration push

Oct 25, 2013

"The tech industry is beginning a full-throttle push for immigration reform now that the government shutdown fight is over. Silicon Valley groups and top executives like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are planning a flurry of events and media campaigns aimed at pressuring the House to vote on immigration bills before the end of the year.

The renewed push for action will include “fly-in” trips to Washington, print and social media campaigns and even a “hackathon” event in Silicon Valley that will be headlined by big names in the industry.The political advocacy group co-founded by Zuckerberg is also ramping up its efforts.

FWD.us is co-sponsoring a trip to Capitol Hill next week with a diverse coalition of groups that support immigration reform, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bibles Badges and Businesses, and the Partnership for a New American Economy, an advocacy group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and other top executives.

Roughly 200 representatives are expected to canvass Capitol Hill early next week and meet with lawmakers, chiefly House Republicans, to discuss the need for immigration reform, according to FWD.us Executive Director Todd Schulte." - To Read more, Click The Hill link here

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