Senator Orrin Hatch was also part of the day and he set-up a press conference alongside us and He highlighted this key message:

“America will face a shortage of more than 220,000 workers with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees by 2018. Canada comes down and advertises in Silicon Valley. I want to be clear: American companies have to look beyond our borders because we make it too difficult for them to be innovative, and it’s only because we don’t allow them to hire the high skilled labor they need to be competitive.”

Action needs to be taken and I do hope reading this blog post and Senator Hatch’s words will inspire you to call your representative and tell them that immigration reform needs to happen. What amazed me about the whole experience of being in DC was how easy it was to access and speak to the staff of Congress Representatives. You have a voice and they do listen.

Special thanks to Representatives CapuanoClark and Kennedy for their time and listening to our struggles at Hstry. If you have any questions either as a European startup trying to move to the States or would like to know more about my recent trip to Washington D.C., please do get in touch by email or else via Twitter (@tomketch).

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