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January 31st, 2013
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MYB: Bill Gates on immigration: High talent immigration has kind of been held hostage

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates talks immigration with Christine Romans. He says the U.S. is losing potential talent. "He specifically is interested in high-skilled tech workers being allowed to stay in this country," Romans reports. 

"The high talent immigration has kind of been held hostage," Gates tells her.

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  1. Margaret Bartley

    There is a deep hatred of American workers among the ruling elite, and it has been there for years.

    About twenty years ago, American business and political leaders started setting up training programs to move high tech to Asia. In the 1990s, under Bill Clinton, American tech companies started investing millions of dollars setting up high-tech training centers, mostly in India, and boosting the output of the Indian Institute of Technology campuses. One of their early decisions was to send young graduates to the US for on-the-job-training, since everyone who ‘s studied computer programming knows you come out of school learning how to use a hammer, not build a house – so to speak. The first six months or year are mostly learning. This was the H1-b program – it was specifically designed to be a job-training program, and the young people were supposed to go back to their country, taking their newly-acquired jobs with them.

    The WTO trade talks in the early 90s postponed the discussion of guest worker programs to the next round of talks, leading to trade agreements where guest workers would move across borders as easily as shoes or investment capital.

    The big computer companies – IBM, HP, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Microsoft, etc started spending hundreds of millions to set up R & D centers in India, while the US taxpayers paid for the infrastructure necessary to move the corporate “back-office” to Asia.

    There were many many articles written about this at the time, but mostly in the Asian press. There was a total news black out of this in the US press. By the 2000s, the dollars involved went into the billions. Here are just a handful of hundreds of articles:

    Microsoft to invest 1.7 billion US dollars in India
    December 08, 2005

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080820132537/http://acsa.net/press/savearticlegates.htm

    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said on Wednesday to media that the US software giant, Microsoft Corp, plans to invest 1.7 billion US dollars in India and double its work force there, according to sources from New York, reports International Finance News on December 8.

    Cisco to invest $1.1 billion in India

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/10/19/HNciscoindia_1.html

    Company will triple the number of staff it employs in India
    By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service, October 19, 2005
    Cisco Systems announced Wednesday that it will invest $1.1 billion in India over the next three years. Cisco President and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers made the announcement in Delhi on the first leg of his three-day visit to the country.

    The next article is no longer on the website, nor on the archives, but I downloaded it, and here are some excerpts:
    Intel Establishes $250 Million India Venture Fund

    http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20051205corp.htm

    NEW DELHI, Dec. 5, 2005 –
    Intel Corporation today announced the establishment of a US$250 million venture capital fund to help stimulate technological innovation in India and drive continued growth of the country’s Information Technology (IT) industry.
    “The pace of technology innovation is accelerating,” said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. “Through the Intel Capital India Technology Fund, Intel will help Indian companies drive technology adoption locally and identify new business opportunities globally.”

    Google to Invest $1 Billion In India

    http://gigaom.com/2006/08/10/google-to-invest-1-billion-in-india

    Written by Shailaja Neelakantan Thursday, August 10, 2006
    A few days after it announced plans to set up a R&D Center in China, Google has now decided to invest up to $1 billion on a back office in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to news reports. The proposed center, which the Indian government just approved, will likely be spread over a million square feet in what is called a ’special economic zone’ in the southern state. Dell’s and Accenture’s investments were also given the go-ahead.

    IBM to invest $6 billion in India over next three years
    By Sufia Tippu Tuesday, 06 June 2006

    http://web.archive.org/web/20060830084545/http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/4555/945/

    India is becoming a dream destination for the IBM chairman and CEO, Samuel J. Palmisano who on Tuesday announced plans to triple its investment in India - from $2 billion over the last three years to nearly $6 billion in the next three years.

    In addition to spending billions of dollars setting up training and R & D centers in Asia, American tech schools have shut down, and the IT conferences in the US have changed from being a place to learn the latest technologies for IT workers, to being sales platforms. They cost thousands of dollars to attend, and are held in resorts that are very expensive, whereas the technical IT conferences in Asia cost between $25 to $100 and are in cities where hotels are affordable.

    Now, after spending all these billions of dollars training foreign workers, OF COURSE these IT companies want to bring them to the US! They are graduating hundreds of thousands of students from Asia each year. And there are still plenty of Americans who are working in IT who can all be replaced by cheaper workers.

    And as long as American IT workers, like most other Americans, are unwilling to learn where their interests lie, and who are serving those interests, and keep re-electing politicians who are selling us out, we will continue to see our country deteriorate and those corporate rulers smuggly assert that Americans are too stupid to do the work.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  2. ortegaalberto

    Foreigners with a college education would be capable to open business and create technologies that will employ more Americans? I question Mr. Gates ideological stand point; are foreigners to rescue us, dumb Americans? I question where is his heart, in America or India? I understand he wants to help them; however I don't understand his low expectations of us Americans; we are graduating plenty engineers in the US and they sit unemployed as more foreigners with college education are being preferred by the larger corporations. Why bring more foreign graduates? Are they cheaper? Are they really better than us?–Alberto

    February 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  3. ortegaalberto

    Foreign graduates would be capable to open business and create technologies that will employ more Americans? I question Mr. Gates ideological stand point; are foreigners to rescue us, dumb Americans? I question where is his heart, in America or India? I understand he wants to help them; however I don't understand his low expectations of Americans. We are graduating plenty engineers in the US and they sit unemployed as more foreign graduates are being preferred by the larger corporations. Why bring more foreign graduates? Are they cheaper? Are they really better than us?

    February 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  4. Mary

    What about hiring Americans right here in the good USA? You can help lower the high unemployment. Think America first!

    February 4, 2013 at 1:48 am | Reply
  5. fgfdg

    Biggest problem is Microsoft's corporate culture. Companies built more for fast-paced Millennials are cutting edge right now and they are right here in the US.

    February 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  6. hellobobo2

    More H1b visas have been on Mr. Gate's agenda for years. The problem is I have seen a lot of totally qualified US talent bypassed for cheaper foreign talent. Why isn't Mr. Gates pushing for more education incentives in the areas where there is a supposed true shortage of personnel instead of just pushing for more outside-the-country talent to be brought in? Could it be that these individuals will work for next to nothing to be legal in this country and shouldn't being a US citizen mean you have first right to the jobs that are available in the US ?

    This country makes a mockery out of US citizens pursuing some of the most meaningful and worthwhile education and jobs this country has to offer by undermining their ability to get these jobs with policies like Mr Gates is espousing.

    February 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  7. hellobobo2

    More H1b visas have been on Mr. Gate's agenda for years. The problem is I have seen a lot of totally qualified US talent bypassed for cheaper foreign talent. Why isn't Mr. Gates pushing for more education incentives in the areas where there is a supposed true shortage of personnel instead of just pushing for more outside-the-country talent to be brought in? Could it be that these individuals will work for next to nothing to be legal in this country and shouldn't being a US citizen mean you have first right to the jobs that are available in the US ?

    This country makes a mockery out of US citizens pursuing some of the most meaningful and worthwhile jobs that country has by undermining their ability to get these jobs with policies like Mr Gates is espousing.

    February 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  8. American Programmer

    This is total bull. What he really needs to say is "we want lower cost professionals". It is unfair to American Information Technology workers, including programmers, to continue to raise H1-B visas (How about 1 bargain visas) from countries that supply free college education and such lower cost of living. I know the tricks that companies play, including promoting foreign workers to a senior enough position, bringing them over here and they are clueless as to how to do quality work.
    If companies like Microsoft took the money they spend lobbying for cheaper labor and put it into a simple savings account, the interest on that money would be enough to offset the savings. Furthermore, the money itself could be invested into programs here to improve skill sets.

    It's a lie.

    February 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  9. cjacja

    There is no shortage of talent here.. Microsoft's Windows OS is a mess because MS let the marking people design it. They designed it to "lock in" customers. Had they let the engineers o what is right we'd all be better off, although there'd be more OSes to select from. No, they shot themselves in the foot with their greed. In 20 years they will be completely irrelevant.

    February 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  10. Danny Hunt

    China vs. Canada

    I remember a Chinese activist fearing incarceration because the Chinese government gave him a big tax bill. In Canada they use smear campaigns aka criminal records, try to push citizens to homelessness, and try to inflict deadly cancers through radar assault weapons. These are linked to oppression and repression.

    If you compare these, would a country like Canada really be a better place than China to escape persecution? The U.S. and Canada are very integrated, and probably do many of the same things, which include the oppression methods mentioned, censorship, .. well hidden from the general population but real.

    February 3, 2013 at 6:12 am | Reply
  11. Ash

    Get a life ... the fact is you still need to know basic windows and ms office to get a job blows away your whole rant. And philanthropic works his foundation is doing makes you look too small.

    February 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  12. Sanych

    In 1997 the same Bill Gates was urging young Americans to apply for high tech diplomas. At the same time the government allowed 185,000 "high skilled" foreign workers to come to this country annually! During the slow-down in 2001, the American graduates who listened to Mr. Gates in 1997 could not find a job, while presence of foreign labor was depressing wages – they needed a job at any pay level in order to stay in this country.

    Look now at the composition of workers at any office park. These are all Indians and some Chinese. Americans had learned their lesson – their jobs are given to foreigners as soon as they become "expensive" and they don't have an option of traveling back to their home country where American experience is valuable.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  13. Scott

    The H-1B program was never intended to bring in cheap labor. Try making a real commitment by encouraging Americans to study math, science and engineering all backed by good jobs when they are done. How can an American with a 60k student loan complete with Babu who makes 15k without medical benefits? Sorry Bill, but it is time the H-1B program that Microsoft has abused is canceled.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  14. HighSkill Jobs4 US

    High Skill Labor Secrets MS hides from Congress and Americans

    How can Microsoft claim that they can't find skilled American talent when they bypass the most qualified, proven US talent possible for Microsoft jobs, their own US employees?

    Why won’t consider its own workforce FIRST, including the 5,000 highly skilled laid off Americans (plus countless US contractors) to make room for 5,000++ foreign citizens, BEFORE recruiting offshore to hire even more visa workers to fill more US jobs in the USA?

    What shortage? In 2009 (and beyond) Microsoft replaced highly skilled, educated, experienced and talented American tech talent with proven Microsoft success, including deep knowledge of MS technologies, culture, customers, partners – and a highly prized skill, the ability to navigate the Microsoft maze to get the job done – something only learned on the job at Microsoft.

    Who's highly skilled? Why did MS replace Americans with foreign citizens new to the USA who barely know where to find the restroom let alone have the skill, experience, and know-how to deliver quality products that delight customers?

    The answer is simple. They don't want to. And Gates and Abramoff "influenced" the law, they don't need to. Microsoft egregious actions are 100% legal.

    On the record, testimony about the facts...

    "Here is what the Labor Department says about the current law: "H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of a foreign worker".

    "Is that what we had in mind with H-1B visas? That certainly wasn't the way it was explained to me. In fact, under current law, only employers who employ H-1B visa holders as a large percentage of their U.S. workforce are required to attempt to recruit American workers before bringing in foreign workers."

    Statement of Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate Floor

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2007-05-08/pdf/CREC-2007-05-08-pt1-PgS5689-3.pdf#page=8

    The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007 May 8, 2007

    February 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  15. Sam

    It is very Sad, that no-one is looking-into legal immigration system, the wait time is 70 years to obtain Green Card for legal immigrant’s who pays/paid tax every year.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:22 am | Reply
  16. Scott

    One of my friends who completed 4 years bachelor's degree in Computer Science with me from the University of Texas is now illegal. How could that happen to a person who is so talented. He was working for a company in H1B visa status and in 2008 when the economy was tumbling, the company who he worked for rejected H1Bs because government had required them to hire only US citizen.

    This is why Skilled people like him are leaving the US and probably only Mexicans will be here in the future.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  17. md Hoyle

    Gates has promoted this for some time. In fact he testified to congress about this and insinuated that if technical immigrants were allowed to stay they could be making as much as $150,000. Instead he paid them $30-$45,00 and got rid of the ones making $150,000. Tech companies are only using this argument to cut the cost of their current payroll expense. Over the years I have lost numerous jobs to technical immigrants who had received degrees from paper mill colleges designed to get them a MBA in 2 year. Their abilities were extremelly poor but all companies see is "hey I can hire a MBA for $45,000.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  18. Sani

    On his defense 90% pc still use his OS. There must be something.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  19. DG

    There are tech workers who would be easy to train without bringing in foreign workers. I'm at a school, which is definitely not Ivy League, yet we allow foreign students to buy immigration here by letting them take jobs that American graduates would be grateful for. Consider the Chinese. These tech firms are selling out this country, and if American workers are not smart enough, please move your business overseas as opposed to driving down the wages.

    I don't consider Gates or other of his ilk to really consider what they are doing to this country. If only our politicians were feeding on these titans' teats and think of the long-range consequences of their actions.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  20. Bill

    There are millions here who need jobs. We are older workers who have been 'rif'ed out the door. We want retraining so we can qualify for these jobs Bill Gates wants to give to visitors. We may be older, but we still have mortgages, car loans, and grocery bills. We can't get a decent return on our savings while the banks show no restraint in charging all they can on consumer credit. We are getting squeezed by a deflating economy and inflating costs. I just want a real job and new skills. I don't want to feel obsolete.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      I have a question. How are these visitors able to pay the costs of living here and attending our colleges and universities? Who is paying for that? How can we make those same opportunities available to us legal citizens who are unemployed and want to be re-educated for a new productive career? I'm happy to start over at the bottom of the pay scale if it meant I could begin to rebuild my life.

      February 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  21. BS

    BS . we have schools, we can teach here. He's a globalist. they are just using H1 visas to hike technology out of here.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  22. Gold Finger

    How about American talent not being considered for jobs because of companies wanting what they see as cheap foreign labor? We all know how Bill wrote all that code for his product to make his billions. Be honest, if you don't fall in Bill's niche target, he will not even consider you even though you may be doing what he needs.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  23. Askman

    He doesn't mean just "high-skilled tech talent", he means cheap high-skilled tech talent.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  24. Bob C.

    They all talk about the so-called "shortage" of engineers in this country, but what they really mean is that there is a shortage of people willing to work for much less than the going rate. I for one don't want to see this country flooded with non-citizens educated here and then taking jobs aways from citizens.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  25. Paul Liew

    Bill Gates and other captains of industry want to extend working visas to foreign students after they graduation, NOT because they are "high talent", but because they are a cheap source of labor in the US. These young people, mainly from developing countries such as India, would work for low wages just so that they could qualify as skilled migrant and obtain US citizenship.

    Big corporations in wealthy countries such as Australia are already exploiting their governments' desire to grow the local economies by claiming there are skill shortages and wanting more work visas be given out to skilled prospective migrants from the third world. There are no real local skill shortages; just that skilled wages are relatively high. Big employers in these countries want to cut their wage expenses by exploiting the immigration system to hire skilled economic migrants from the third world on lower wages, at the expense of local workers.

    In Australia big employers claim skill shortages; in the US they claim "lost talent" – both are smoke screens disguising the true motive, that being the reduction of their wage costs.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  26. namec nassianer

    So the US needs to import talent just like we import everything else.

    Mr. Gates, why not use your billions and billions of dollars to improve the educational system so that we don't have to import engineers and scientists?

    In the USA, we spend lots of money so that kids can have free schooling, but have an educational system that ranks no better than 17th. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/best-education-in-the-wor_n_2199795.html

    Kids hate school and are afraid of math and science. It's not the fault of the kids; we have an educational system that does not know how to encourage kids to actually learn, much less like, math and science.

    Mr. Gates, if you wanted to make a lasting impression, you would work with the system to encourage kids to want to learn math and science.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
  27. Michael in San Francisco

    Tech companies are crying (fake) alligator tears. I'm a very experienced & well rounded software engineer who is currently very under-employed. I've done between 2 and 3 dozen on-site, full blown interviews since putting myself back on the market before Thanksgiving and have been turned down by every single one. What's most aggravating is that I'm definitely passing all the technical & algorithmic hurdles they throw up at me when I am in front of a white board, but instead I'm being turned away because of "culture fit" reasons (i.e. I'm in my early 40's and I get the feeling there's a mistaken perception that I won't work the expected 10-12 hours per day that I used to do when I was in my 20's & just out of school).

    Companies should only be allowed to import more tech workers if they truly can't find American talent. There's plenty of American talent out there... technology companies just don't want to hire them.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:51 am | Reply
  28. pete

    Low wages are what Bill gets at microsoft for those workers that he brings in from abroad. Low wages, long hours, poor benefits. It's a 2fer. If you pay less you can get two workers for the price of one.Pick you multiple, it still works in his favor.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  29. ShrinkingClass

    How can you have capitalism, when billionaires are BUYING CONGRESS?

    bill gates are once again BUYING CONGRESS!

    OVERNIGHT TECH: Tech companies line up to support high-skilled immigration bill

    College degreed, skilled, computer science and engineers, U.S. citizens, are being FORCED TO TRAIN entry level from INDIA, and then the U.S. citizens are laid off!

    The, we the taxpayers, are paying unemployment to the laid off U.S. citizens!

    TELL CONGRESS WE ARE TIRED OF TRAINING INDIA! IT'S CONGRESS BEING BOUGHT BY LARGE CORPORATE MONEY!

    January 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  30. Respected IT Expert

    Mr Gates simply wants cheaper IT labor. 99% of the resources he is referring to is from India. And Mr Gates has met just enough capable Indian, IT resources, which there indeed are, that he believes they all are. HE IS DEAD WRONG... they are just cheaper labor, and plenty of them. They are educated and ready to work, but if you don't spell it all out, they don't get anything done. I have worked with Russians, Chinese, Romanians, Spaniards, Germans, Brits and French. The only IT resources who are able to comprehend the business needs, understand the big picture, feel a passion to make things work instead of just fullfilling a line item on a project plan – Are Americans and Brits! If the Indian's were better, I'd tell you.. but they aren't. PLEASE will you other CEOs and CIOs realize that offshoring is not worth it! They just add so much confusion, and red-tape, etc to IT projects and they have zero skin in the game. Focus on finding strong IT resources in the US. This is BS that you can't find it in the US. You can! You just actually have to work at it instead of hiring some IT resource company from India who gives you lots of bodies but 80% are worthless.

    Stop OFFSHORING! It just doesn't work!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  31. shaun

    Actually I am really, really angry at this fellow..With all the unemployment and underemployment we have in the USA he has the gall to talk this garbage. Mr. Gate go to hell.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  32. shaun

    To me Gates seems so removed from the realities on his own country, he is either pumping money abroad or wishing there were more subcontinent Indians coming in, when in fact we have hundred of thousands of good graduates right here in the USA who cannot find a job. The rich is getting absurd.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  33. Trich

    I am a legal immigrant and in the USA for the past 14 years and there is not even a green card leave alone, a citizenship. I have obeyed the laws of the land, paid my taxes and spend thousands and thousands of dollars in maintaining my lawful presence in America. Illegal immigrants are getting a chance to become citizens is unfair and a slap on the face to all those millions of legals who work hard for this country, respect the laws of the land and pay their taxes each year.

    It takes 5 years for a immigrant to get permanent residency. This if you are not an Indian or Chinese. If you are one of them, then it can be 30 years just for residency! We go through a lot because of this broken system. There is per country limits in PR residency. It takes years before you are granted PR. This is just for permanent residency, remember people. We are already here for years in a visa but it doesnt make sense why they make PR so hard. We are part of the engineers, doctors and scientists with American degrees who is helping US be on the cutting edge of everything. There is a lot of pain in people who come on H1 here when there spouses cant work. Families struggle a lot. Yet, we strive on. We continue to respect everything US stands for.

    I am angry that US would put this behind and give illegals a chance to citizrnship so easily when legals are striving so hard to get just a PR. After a PR there is another 5 years and a test to be a citizen. The bill equals a legal with an illegal.

    I am sorry but I had to vent. I have been here so long in a legal visa and love this country but my journey to just a PR has been so hard. I must have spent thousands of dollars in just renewing visas and maintaining my green card process paperwork and I haven't had any chance to be even a permanent resident. It has been 14 years in the US. Can you imagine? If this was the UK or Australia or Canada, PR is so easy and citizenship easier for people with advanced degrees in math, science and engineering. It hurts real bad.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  34. Gayathri

    I ask you fight for us. We legal immigrants who have waited years in line for green card be given citizenship if we clear background checks and if all paperwork is in place. Give citizenship to us too for those thousands of legals in line for years on a PR queue. We be given priority too. Our systems given importance too. Reprieve for us too. Afterall, we have done everything right. We cant even change jobs easily when we wait for our green cards to come and then, your entire career is in a limbo. Shouldn't the congress support us first and put the illegals behind us. I am not saying thhey should be neglected but I am just saying there must be some brownie points to people who have done things the right way.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  35. bucsnbeer

    Just another rich guy that wants to keep from having to hire americans

    January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  36. bucsnbeer

    Maybe all the scholarships to top universities should go to americans, and maybe you should hire american top talent.... no of course not. Nice loyalty, gates.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  37. Nick

    Mr. Gates,
    Is it top talent you want, or is it really just cheap labor? Your requests (to up the H1B Visa quota to 2 million from 195K) is not an example of looking for top talent. You know as well as I do, that you can get the top talent with the current quotas in place.... the only thing that increasing the quotas will do is bring in cheaper labor and get rid of more American workers.

    January 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  38. ash

    Mr Gates,

    How about a more robust OS, just as good as iOS, you have had access to top talent for decades.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Ridi_81

      iOS is a toy, and you dont neet talents to build toys, OS is used by every major corporate including NASA,
      ios is used by self absorbed teenagers otherwise known as zombies!

      February 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • ortegaalberto

      Foreign graduates would be capable to open business and create technologies that will employ more Americans? I question Mr. Gates ideological stand point; are foreigners to rescue us, dumb Americans? I question where is his heart, in America or India? I understand he wants to help them; however I don't understand his low expectations of Americans. We are graduating plenty engineers in the US and they sit unemployed as more foreign graduates are being preferred by the larger corporations. Why bring more foreign graduates? Are they cheaper? Are they really better than us?

      February 8, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply

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