Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to reform U.S. immigration policy. The Facebook co-founder has announced the official launch of FWD.us, a political advocacy group that aims to foster technology innovation and entrepreneurialism. News of the group was first reported late last month by the San Francisco Chronicle.
In an opinion piece today in the Washington Post, Zuckerberg recalled a young student he was mentoring as part of an entrepreneurship program who said he probably won't be able to attend college because his family moved to the U.S. from Mexico, and he is undocumented. “We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants,” Zuckerberg wrote. “And it's a policy unfit for today's world.”
Founding FWD.us with Zuckerberg are LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, among several other tech leaders. The group says it plans to work with Congressional leaders, the Obama administration and state and local officials to support policy changes.
Zuckerberg outlined three of the group's objectives:Comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective border security, provides a path to citizenship and helps the U.S. attract skilled workers, no matter where they were born.Higher standards and accountability in public schools, support for good teachers and a greater focus on teaching science, technology, engineering and math.Investment in breakthrough discoveries in scientific research and assurance that the benefits of the inventions belong to the public.
Phi Beta Iota: Read all the comments, they accurately assess this as a high crime against the US public. Since their foundation, each of these high tech organizations, and others such as Microsoft, have been actively ignoring the collapse of US education, the financial fraud of Wall Street, and the social crimes of corporations that have out-sourced all the middle class and manufacturing jobs. This is nothing more than another channel for bribing Congress. There is nothing wrong with America the Beautiful that cannot be fixed by flushing the two-party tyranny and the corrupt Congress (and Supreme Court) down the toilet. Ethical evidence-based decision-support does not exist in the USA because it would be inconvenient for those who prefer to make decisions on the basis of religious, ideological, or financial objective far removed from the public interest..