Silicon Valley leaders to discuss high-skill immigration with White House: report

Silicon Valley leaders to discuss high-skill immigration with White House: report
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White House officials will talk high-skilled immigration with top executives in the tech industry next month at the first meeting of President Trump's American Technology Council, Recode reported Friday.

Many tech industry leaders denounced Trump's executive orders seeking to bar citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., arguing that it would hamper their ability to hire highly skilled workers from other countries.

Similar condemnations came from that sector of an executive order last month calling for a review of the country's H1-B visa program, which offers legal work status to high-skilled immigrants, including many people in the tech industry.

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According to Recode, the meeting in June will seek feedback from top executives to “ensure that [H-1B visas] are issued to the highest skilled and highest paid workers.”

The session will also focus on brainstorming strategies for modernizing and digitizing government services to make them more efficient and intuitive.

Trump commissioned the American Technology Council earlier this month in an effort to modernize the federal bureaucracy. The meeting next month will include executives from Apple, Google and other tech giants.