Technology companies, including Microsoft Corp (MSFT). and Intel Corp (INTC)., have failed at almost every turn in their quest to persuade federal lawmakers to let them hire more foreign-born workers.
In 2003, Congress took back 130,000 temporary work visas. Four years later, Silicon Valley was surprised when proposed legislation didn’t come close to addressing companies’ skilled-worker needs.
After the 2007 loss, the industry took a new tack. Tech leaders helped write legislative drafts spelling out what they wanted; they broadened their pitch about immigration to include legalizing undocumented immigrants in the country; and they now are using social media to press their case.
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