Video: Tech on The Hill with Rep. Suzan DelBene
When former Microsoft Corp. executive Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) returned for the 115th Congress, it didn’t take long for her to address one of the issues racking the tech industry: President Trump’s campaign promise to create a religious registry for Muslims in the U.S.
“This is a key area of concern given what’s happened with the recent executive order,” DelBene said, referring to Trump’s Jan. 27 entry ban on citizens and refugees of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The restrictions have tipped off a sharp outcry from an industry dependent on tech-savvy foreign-born talent.
DelBene had already revamped and re-introduced the No Religious Registry Act (H.R. 489) before the order, which would protect private sector tech workers from being required by the government to develop such a database. But she says that's just the beginning. In a two-part interview with Bloomberg BNA (Part I and Part II), DelBene outlined a tech-heavy agenda that goes far beyond the industry's interests in immigration.