Outgoing Silicon Valley Lawmaker Says Big Tech Needs Immigration Reform

Outgoing Silicon Valley Lawmaker Says Big Tech Needs Immigration Reform – California Representative Anna Eshoo’s foremost tech-related regret surprisingly revolves around immigration reform. “We would not be the nation that we are without being an immigrant nation. And immigrants play a very important role in the technology industry.”

“So many come to the United States to be educated here,” Eshoo, whose district covers Silicon Valley, said Sunday during an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki.” “We have the finest colleges and universities,” Eshoo continued. “Certainly, Stanford University, which is the geographic center of my district. But once they’re educated, if they cannot get a green card, they have to leave.”

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At 81, Eshoo declared last month that she won’t run for reelection in 2024, concluding a career spanning over 30 years in California’s House delegation. She joins around three dozen House members already set to depart next year. In reference to her remarks on immigration in The Washington Post, Eshoo conveyed regret on Sunday regarding the phrasing of a portion of the 1996 law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. 

This section shields websites from legal action concerning a significant portion of user-posted content. “I think we made a mistake, many, many years ago. I understand what we were thinking and why we did what we did at the time, because the Internet was really nascent then,” she said of the law — but Section 230 meant “they [would] not be liable for anything.” And that, she said, “was a mistake.”

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