My name is Brad Smith, and I am the General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this hearing  and to provide the perspective of a major technology and private sector employer on an issue of critical  importance to our country.

The bipartisan introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 represents the most significant opportunity for comprehensive immigration reform in the last 30 years. The bill’s sponsors have shown a superb bipartisan spirit by working together to strike a careful balance on a range of complex and difficult issues. The bill addresses problems that have remained unsolved for over a decade. Its passage would modernize the nation’s approach to immigration policy, including border security, the undocumented, families, and both low skilled and high skilled workers. If passed, the bill would enable technology companies, large and small, to keep jobs in America and create more jobs here in the future. Through an extraordinary effort, the bill’s sponsors have launched an immigration reform process whose successful outcome is critical to our nation’s ability to remain economically and technologically competitive, and to remain the beacon of  hope and opportunity this country has always been.

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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).