Tech moguls from Facebook, Google, and other companies announced on April 11 that they’re banding together to form a political advocacy group called FWD.us. The group, launched by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to promote policies that will keep the U.S. workforce competitive. The bipartisan group’s first priority is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, focusing on those who came to the United States as children or have received an education in the country.
In an Opinions column in The Washington Post, Zuckerberg said that his new plan for immigration reform would call for effective border security and a different way to attract the most talented and hardest-working people to the United States, no matter where they were born. He noted that simple employment verification processes are necessary, along with a modification to the guest worker program and an increase in the number of H-1B visas available. He emphasized the need for a new focus in order to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment.
“In a knowledge economy, the most important resources are the talented people we educate and attract to our country,” Zuckerberg wrote in his column. “A knowledge economy can scale further, create better jobs and provide a higher quality of living for everyone in our nation.To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best.”
Zuckerberg has many important tech giants by his side in the wake of launching FWD.us, including LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, and other prominent tech leaders and investors all over the nation.
Beyond immigration reform, FWD.us is pushing for better education in accountable schools for young students. The group will also support scientific research to foster innovation and technological breakthroughs, projects that could boost jobs in the United States as the economy goes digital.