The week of September 16 proved to be a busy one for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He headed to Washington, D.C., where he lobbied Congressmen to make immigration reform a top priority. According to The Washington Post, Zuckerberg has founded a non-profit organization to lobby on immigration reform, as the issue is a big problem for the tech industry. Through immigration reform, Zuckerberg hopes to attract top talent from around the world to Silicon Valley for high-skilled jobs.
As reported by Fox News Latino, Zuckerberg has been a strong advocate of comprehensive immigration reform this year. He has been campaigning for an increase in employment-based visas and legal status for undocumented foreigners, particularly those brought into the country as children.
“Eleven million people is a lot of people who are being treated unfairly right now,” Zuckerberg said to an audience during an interview with The Atlantic editor-in-chief James Bennet.
While in Washington, Zuckerberg met with various Congressmen such as Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Jay Rockefeller to discuss immigration reform. Additionally, he met with lawmakers regarding security and data collection issues surrounding companies such as Facebook, as reported by the source.
Even though Zuckerberg recognized that immigration reform is a complicated matter, he felt that there were no particular problems on Capitol Hill that could possibly prevent any debate to take place or bills from being passed in Congress. This comes as a surprise as many opponents feel the current government does not work and makes it impossible for swift action to take place.
When asked about his own political affiliations, Zuckerberg declined to answer, as reported by U.S. News & World Report.
“It is hard to affiliate as being Democrat or Republican. I’m pro-knowledge economy,” said Zuckerberg to U.S. News & World Report.