In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

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Editor’s note: Max Levchin is the CEO of Affirm, co-founder of PayPal, Chairman of Yelp & Glow, and Director at Yahoo and Evernote.

We often hear that America is a nation of immigrants, but some members of Congress have forgotten the simple truth – immigration is our country’s single greatest competitive advantage in a growing global economy.

The primary driver of the U.S.’s position as the worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is due to tireless, talented, hardworking immigrants coming to our shores over the years to live their dreams and build better lives for themselves and their families. I know it, because I’ve lived it. But I worry that our current broken immigration policies are hindering America’s chances of success for future generations.

We are at a critical juncture of our country’s future. The opening of the high-skilled H-1B visa lottery each year on April 1 is an acute…

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