- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2013

Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and social media experts from Silicon Valley are planning a “virtual march” on Washington to push lawmakers to open the doors for businesses to hire immigrants who are skilled in the engineering field.

It’s called the “March for Innovation” and will end with a “virtual march” on Washington in April, according to a report by Financial Times.

“Our immigration laws are so inefficient,” said Prerna Gupta, a co-founder of a startup to develop intelligent music apps, and a daughter of Indian immigrants, Financial Times reported. She said she had difficulty affording the legal fees to get H-1B visas for her co-founder, and she wants the federal government to ease this path for businesses.

The endeavor has some high-profile support.

According to Financial Times, AOL co-founder Steve Case has lent his voice to the campaign. So has Joe Trippi, the presidential campaign manager for Democrat Howard Dean when he ran in 2004.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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