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What's coming next in the tech immigration battle

Patrick Thibodeau | Aug. 2, 2013
This fall may be the make-or-break point for reform

This week, tech lobbying groups joined with many other industries, including farming, manufacturing, hospitality and other industries, to urge Congress to take action on immigration. The letter was signed by more than 400 groups.

There is some concern that lawmakers may return from their summer break with less interest in this issue, depending on what they hear from constituents.

Dan Turrentine, vice president of government relations at TechNet and co-chair of Compete America, said the intent is to remind lawmakers of the broad support among many industry groups.

Tech is working with other industry groups because it does not expect a separate, stand-along tech bill to win approval. The tech immigration reform sought by industry groups, "is only going to get signed into law if it's part of a broader package," said Turrentine.


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