June 21, 2013
by Politico

Tech finally has what it wants in the Senate immigration bill, leaving it to do only one thing — hold the gains.

As the bill edges toward passage, industry groups are working to seduce wavering Republicans and ensure labor doesn’t dilute wins on temporary worker visas.

They’re leaving little to chance.

More than 100 CEOs — including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer — signed on to a letter Thursday that targeted every senator and framed the bill as a critical economic boost. Zuckerberg’s advocacy group, FWD.us, just unveiled an online ad promoting reform and plans to couple lawmakers with executives in a series of roundtables. Industry lobbyists, who have bombarded Senate offices up to 30 times a week, are firing off statements against amendments that threaten their goal.

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