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Consumer Technology Association chief Gary Shapiro said that the Trump Administration is going “in the right direction” when it comes to immigration, during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

Why it matters: Trump immigration have not been well received by many in tech, which features large numbers of foreign-born tech employees and entrepreneurs. But Shapiro's comments show there is not unanimity.

Bottom line: “Who do we want here?” is the central question when it comes to immigration policy, said Shapiro.

  • The Trump Administration is simply following approaches of countries like Australia and Canada, which favor high-skilled workers, he said, adding that the rest of the world has long been protectionist on that front, unlike the U.S.
  • But Shapiro also agreed that moves like last year's travel ban were hurtful to U.S. business and unnecessary.
  • Shapiro added that neither political party has prioritized the country over partisanship, when it comes to immigration.

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What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

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The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.