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Small Tech Firms Join Public-Affairs Initiative to Push Immigration Reform

March 20, 2013

"Can you imagine if Facebook had a training program that said, "Come here, we'll pay for your training and teach you to do your job and then you [have to] go to Google?' Effectively, that's what we're doing in this country."

So asks Hooman Radfar, the 32-year-old founder-chairman of AddThis, who was born in London after his family fled Iran. They eventually made it to the U.S., where he grew up a naturalized citizen and attended University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon. While his education helped him obtain the skills needed to build a social-sharing startup, his international grad-school classmates were forced to leave and take their new skills back to their own countries.

As Congress eyes a broad reform bill slated for spring, the issue has prompted smaller digital companies for the first time to join a rather large public-affairs initiative to effect broader government change.

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