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Immigration Debate Puts Silicon Valley on One Side, Labor on Another, and a Congressman in the Middle

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 27 2013

From right to left: Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham, Medisas founder Gautam Sivakumar (in Newcastle, UK), Double Robotics Founder David Cann and a Double Robotics employee.
Despite Northern California's historical significance as a bastion of the left, the immigration reform debate is showing just how far apart dot-com entrepreneurs and die-hard Democrats can be. Entrepreneurs are pushing for more H1-B visas; union leaders, part of the Democratic Party's core constituency, have objected to the visas as a form of low-paid indentured servitude, arguing that they fill jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. In the middle is Rep. Mike Honda, Democrat of California, whose district now encompasses Silicon Valley and whose core constituency has long included labor unions. Read More