An Immigrant Visa Problem Is Hitting Silicon Valley

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Two girls pose in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Eti and Eva Sinha pose in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California in 2010. (Courtesy of Monica Sinha)

For many families waiting decades for the right to live and work permanently in the U.S. through the crazy, byzantine rules of America’s immigration system, a special nightmare occurs when a child turns 21—they age out of their parent’s work visas and are at risk for deportation. 

In California, there are over 40,000 ‘Documented Dreamers' aging out and labeled foreign nationals, with few options for permanent residency. And in Silicon Valley, where tech companies run on immigrant labor, this crisis is hitting especially hard.

Guest: Rachael Myrow, Senior Editor, Silicon Valley desk for KQED

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