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Tech Groups Already Pushing Rubio-Warner Immigration Bill

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would create two new types of visas to attract and keep immigrants in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, and tech groups are already making moves to try to push the bill through Congress.

As National Journal has reported, efforts to improve the visa system for skilled immigrants have been hampered by politics, but the sponsors of the bill, known as the Start-up Act 2.0, are hoping it catches the same momentum that led to the quick enactment of the Jobs Act, our colleague Juliana Gruenwald reports.

Gruenwald has more about how tech groups and companies are responding to the bill's introduction:

Technology firms have increasingly complained that without changes to the current immigration system, they may be forced to move research and other projects offshore so they can hire the high-skilled workers they need. ...

After the news conference, a handful of tech lobbyists approached Senate aides and asked them what they can do to help move the legislation. Michael Petricone, the Consumer Electronics Association's senior vice president,  told National Journal that the legislation is something the "vast majority of senators agree" makes sense and is "low-hanging fruit."

In addition to CEA, many other tech groups and firms support the bill, including Google. "As a onetime start-up that now employs thousands of Americans and continues to hire many more each year, we are proud to support Senators Moran, Warner, Rubio, and Coons' Start-up Act," former Rep. Susan Molinari, R-N.Y., who is now Google's vice president of public policy, said in a statement. "Small businesses often use Google to grow, expand, and thrive online; and helping these businesses succeed is a key to our success."

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