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The Tech Amnesty

by Jeremy Carl

Silicon Valley leaders favor mass immigration, for no good reason

In 2013, a group of tech heavyweights, led by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and including fellow oligarchs Eric Schmidt (Google) and Bill Gates (Microsoft), founded FWD.us, a lobbying and advocacy group that would go on to spend millions of dollars promoting “comprehensive immigration reform.” Of course, the founders had not anticipated the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president.

Neither had a bevy of pundits, some of whom, in the wake of Trump’s victory, have attempted to recalibrate — witness longtime immigration enthusiast Fareed Zakaria speaking about the need for Democrats to take “less absolutist” positions on immigration and to put more emphasis on admitting skilled workers. But more typical was the reaction of those such as the New York Times’ Bret Stephens, a house conservative. In a satirical column, Stephens touted the alleged superiority of immigrants to native-born Americans — focusing, inter alia, on cherry-picked data showing their allegedly superior educational achievements and entrepreneurial skills.

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