The two-day-long March for Innovation is drawing to a close, and the tech industry – with some celebrity support in the form of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg – has once again argued the case for comprehensive immigration reform, which would see provisions for high-skilled immigrants and foreign-born entrepreneurs included alongside a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
As part of the so-called iMarch and at the invitation of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), I moderated a Google Hangout panel of experts to discuss what the immigration debate looks like today, how comprehensive reform would affect the tech industry, and how the US compares to the rest of the world when it comes to encouraging entrepreneurs and high-tech workers to settle in the country. (Hint: Canada is doing better, and aggressively so.)
Joining me on the panel were Michael Petricone, CEA’s senior vice president for government and regulatory affairs; Mike McGeary, co-founder and director of Engine Advocacy; John Manley, an immigration lawyer; Jeb Ory, co-founder of Phone2Action; and Min Zhang, an immigrant entrepreneur and graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Here’s the 42-minute discussion.