After calling the current immigration system in the United States "unfit for today's world," Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is leading a new political group that will advocate for "comprehensive immigration reform," among other initiatives.
The group will be backed by other powerful technology leaders in the country and will attempt to connect the investors and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley with the law and policymakers of Washington D.C. Zuckerberg unveiled the group, which will be called FWD.us or "Forward U.S.," in a Washington Post Op-Ed.
The Op-Ed said "higher standards and accountability in schools" as well as "investment in breakthrough discoveries in scientific research" will be two of the other top policy goals for the group. Other co-founders of the group include the general partner at the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer and the executive chairman of LinkedIn.
Zuckerberg wrote that the group plans to work with both parties in Congress as well as state and local government officials in effort to support policy change. He said that both online and offline efforts will be made to advocate for the group's goals. Because the group is organized as a 501(c)(4), it will be able to accept unlimited funds from donors who can stay anonymous.
This isn't the first business-minded group aimed at immigration policy reform to be unveiled. Since 2010, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been teamed up with New Partnership for a New American Economy, which is a group made up of mayors and business leaders who support immigration reform.
As you can see, immigration reform is an issue that is not just receiving attention in Washington. Countless interested parties throughout the country are voicing their opinions and support for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.
Source: ABC News, "Zuckerberg Calls Immigration Policy 'Unfit for Today's World'," Michael Falcone, April 11, 2013