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The Immigration/Copyright Connection

July 23, 2013

However you feel about the pending immigration legislation, understand this:  Silicon Valley firms are spreading a lot of gold around Washington to get their way.  And their way is to support essentially an open border policy and open visa policy.

For example, the very Googlely Morning Tech reports that Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado got major donations from Facebook for his “leadership PAC” and it won’t surprise anyone that personal donations to the major backers of the legislation are coming from Silicon Valley types, major bucks for “…Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)…And tech companies and executives offered similar support to Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Only Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the final members of the group, didn’t draw serious cash from tech company campaign coffers during the immigration battle – but they don’t face election until 2018…The Gang of Eight bill, which the Senate advanced in June, largely delivered for the industry. It could more than double the H-1B pool, for example, while offering new visas that might entice foreign engineers and students to stay permanently in the United States.”

So keep an eye on these Senators in the coming “copyright reform.”

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