May 22, 2013
by Bloomberg News

Technology companies, including Microsoft Corp (MSFT). and Intel Corp (INTC)., have failed at almost every turn in their quest to persuade federal lawmakers to let them hire more foreign-born workers.

In 2003, Congress took back 130,000 temporary work visas. Four years later, Silicon Valley was surprised when proposed legislation didn’t come close to addressing companies’ skilled-worker needs.

After the 2007 loss, the industry took a new tack. Tech leaders helped write legislative drafts spelling out what they wanted; they broadened their pitch about immigration to include legalizing undocumented immigrants in the country; and they now are using social media to press their case.

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