Advocacy group supported by Mark Zuckerberg criticizes GOP on immigration reform

A new ad sponsored by immigration rights advocacy group Council for American Job Growth, which is an affiliate of the group FWD.us, has been launched to put pressure on the GOP to make changes in immigration reform before the end of the year. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, formed the advocacy group FWD.us with support from technology industry giants like Bill Gates and Sean Parker. The organization has been very vocal in their support of the immigration reform.

The Council and FWD.us have declared that House Republicans are not doing enough to push through immigration reform legislation to make it easier for immigrants to start on a path to citizenship. The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization that informs the public about trends affecting Americans, conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other social science research. A study released by Pew in January 2014 revealed that the issue of fixing immigration reform is sixteenth on Americans’ top priorities list, behind measures to “reduce the influence of lobbyists,” “protect the environment” and “deal with the nation’s energy problem.”

The ad spot, which will play over the course of two weeks in all 50 states, and cost $500,000, argues that the future of the U.S. relies on immigration reform. Without it, the country will experience stagnant job growth and a loss of tax revenue. Technology leaders are invested in the future of immigration reform. The tech industry relies on sponsoring immigrant workers to come to the U.S. and help develop new technologies. Sponsors hope that eventually those immigrant workers will start their own companies here.

A comprehensive immigration reform bill was passed in the Senate in 2013 that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., strengthen security at the border, and add stricter visa and workplace enforcement programs. However, that legislation has been stalled by Republicans in the House, where there has been more of a focus on small issues in immigration reform versus on a comprehensive approach.