Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the massively popular social networking website Facebook, recently spoke out for the first time about immigration reform.
He stated that undocumented students “weren’t going to be given equal opportunity” in the education system today.
“This is something that we believe is really important for the future of our country — and for us to do what’s right,” said Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg, who is one of the richest people in America with almost 17 billion dollars, is usually quiet about his personal life and especially political matters. But he’s throwing his weight behind immigration change to ensure that the undocumented youth of today have a chance to excel in America.
To this end, he recently created FWD.us along with his Joe Green, his former Harvard roommate. The organization is a collective of wealthy Silicon Valley leaders and lobbies for comprehensive immigration and education reform in Washington, D.C.
Some critics of Zuckerberg argue that he is pushing for immigration reform so his company can benefit from further implementation of the highly coveted H-1B visa, which allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The annual allocation for this visa usually dries up soon after it becomes available each year, and increasing the number of H-1B immigrants will let Facebook (and other tech companies) have access to a wider talent pool.
But Zuckerberg insists he only has his sights on the future of America, not just the success of Facebook.
“We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants,” he said. “And it’s a policy unfit for today’s world.” He also stated that “these are issues that don’t just touch our part of the industry, but really touch a whole country.”
Whatever his reason for pushing for change, the end result of comprehensive immigration reform can only benefit those trapped and restricted by the current system. Hopefully the fight will be a little easier with the backing of Zuckerberg, one of the most powerful people in the world today.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants