How Is Immigration U.S. Competitiveness Issue?

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Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Evercore Partners CEO Ralph Schlosstein discusses immigration with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

First of all, you have stunning success.

As long as you are independent , the benefit of that, which is quite strong, is that everyone will listen to you for two reasons.

Number one, you are undeclared, number two, you are being wooed.

The point he is making is so important, and i would challenge a little bit away we are portraying this this morning, that this is a facebook issue or a tech issue.

This is a united states of america competitiveness issue.

In the future, the country with the most telling, just like the company with the most talent, wins, and we are not attracting the most talent.

What is the playbook to gain access to washington?

They do not trust these guys, they are rich and on the west coast.

Is it writing checks and going through the standard lobbying procedure, or is there a different playbook for silicon valley on k street?

Unfortunately, money sadly is the mother's milk of politics, but let's give our elected officials a little bit of the benefit of the doubt.

Not that i can say we have seen much behavior in the last year and a half that deserves this.

But at some point an issue like immigration, both parties have to rise up and do the right thing for the competitiveness of the country.

If i were mark zuckerberg sitting in front of republicans, i would basically say you guys claim to be the party of growth and competitiveness.

This is the number one growth and competitiveness issue for the country.

Thing bank ralph schlosstein with -- route schloss teamed with us from evercore partners.

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