Zuckerberg launches lobby, urges immigration reform

April 11, 2013
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, pictured April 4, 2013, unveiled a new political action group he is spearheading to press for reforms in areas including immigration and education.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new political action group he is spearheading Thursday to press for reforms in areas including immigration and education.

"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. We need those middle-school students to be tomorrow's leaders," Zuckerberg said in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post.

The group called FWD.us was created amid an intense debate on on immigration, with considering a "path to citizenship" for some 11 million undocumented immigrants, as well as measures to boost the number of immigrants with high-tech skills.

Zuckerberg said he supports a measure which accomplishes both those goals.

"Comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective border security, allows a path to citizenship and lets us attract the most talented and hardest-working people, no matter where they were born," he wrote.

The new group's founders include others from the tech sector, including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, chief Drew Houston and John Doerr, from the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Contributors include Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, and Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

Zuckerberg said the tech sector understands the needs of an economic adapting to new information technology.

"As leaders of an industry that has benefited from this economic shift, we believe that we have a responsibility to work together to ensure that all members of our society gain from the rewards of the modern knowledge economy," he wrote.

He said the group will urge "comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective , allows a path to and lets us attract the most talented and hardest-working people, no matter where they were born."

Additionally, it will seek "higher standards and accountability in schools, support for good teachers and a much greater focus on learning about science, technology, engineering and math."

Thirdly, he said the group will press for "investment in breakthrough discoveries in scientific research and assurance that the benefits of the inventions belong to the public and not just to the few."

The president of the group will be Joe Green, a longtime Zuckerberg friend who founded the group Causes.com. FWD.us will have offices in Silicon Valley and Washington.

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2.6 / 5 (5) Apr 11, 2013
Americans do not want a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants.

If they broke one law to come here, why should they be trusted with all laws now that they are here?

Illegal immigration tends to be associated, and rightly so, with the least educated, or with other illegal activity.

Even in the middle of the worst jobs market since the Great Depression, we are taking on one million total immigrants per year, about 2/3rds of which are illegals, and most of them are uneducated.

In the past year, we took on on somewhere between 5 and 10 times as many immigrants as the number of new jobs created, which means that the demand for jobs is actually higher this year than last, as a result of further immigration. The unemployed numbers are falsified by the government, because their definition of unemployment does not count people who WANT a job, but who have given up looking because the situation is hopeless, or because they spent more money looking for a job than what they had...
2.6 / 5 (5) Apr 11, 2013
If we removed the illegal immigrants, then the legal citizens AND the legal immigrants would all have jobs.

Why is that so hard to comprehend?!

We should round them up and exile them back to Mexico or where ever else they came from. Mexico must not be doing too bad. Their capital city is the second largest in the world.

We don't need more people from India, China, or the middle east either, regardless of education level.

We need universities which actually hire professors who give a damn, and who teach students well, and we need curricula which teaches practical skills. And we need counselors who REALLY help students figure out what makes sense to them, not what makes more money to the university.

We need employers who have the stones to offer their own educational programs, so entry level techs can be trained for advancement in relevant skill sets, instead of wasting hundreds of hours taking existing college courses which teach almost nothing relevant.
1 / 5 (5) Apr 11, 2013
I couldn't agree more with everything you said, Lurker.
Zuckerberg might have been the founder for Facebook, but his arrogance knows no bounds.
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 12, 2013
Zionists like Zuckerberg hate nation-states. I have many reservations against them myself, but the zionist's model is to destroy the the sovereignty of all except those who belong to the "tribe." Meanwhile this "tribe" was shown here on physorg to be nothing more than a bunch of arrogant Caucasians: the kind we deal with daily in Russia. Adopting some religion doesn't instantly make them special people

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