Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs US immigration reform

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg AP FILE PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has taken his backing for US immigration reform public.

The 29-year-old billionaire spoke publicly on the issue for the first time late Monday at the debut of the autobiographical documentary “Documented” by journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in San Francisco.

“This is something that we believe is really important for the future of our country — and for us to do what’s right,” the San Francisco Chronicle quoted him telling the audience.

Zuckerberg appeared on stage with former Harvard University roommate Joe Green, who teamed with him to launch advocacy group Fwd.us early this year to lobby for immigration and education reform along with support for scientific research.

Zuckerberg and Green sponsored the film debut event with immigrant rights group Define American, which was founded by Vargas.

The theater audience was reported to include influential politicians and Silicon Valley figures along with the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and local workers and students brought into the US illegally as children.

“No matter where they were born, they are going to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and people creating jobs in this country,” Zuckerberg said.

“These are issues that don’t just touch our part of the industry, but really touch a whole country.”

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  • riza888

    He’s the CEO of a multi-national corporation who’s seeking maximum profit and minimal payroll. There are thousands of qualified tech-educated citizens in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area that are actively looking for work. The problem is that Zuckerberg and his fellow CEO’s don’t want to pay these people what they’re worth. They would rather hire a foreigner with a visa because they know they can pay them much less. Why pay a citizen $150k a year when you can hire a immigrant to do the same job for $60k or $70k? These big tech companies may have American addresses, but their loyalty is with profit, not America.

  • gringoloco

    I agree, but those Countries which hate USA citizen and other foreigners should be excluded.
    Specially Philippines.

    • JuanTamadachi

      Can you elaborate on your post, why “Specially Philippines”?

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