Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, has started a new political group called FWD.us. The purpose of FWD.us is to focus on immigration reform and Zuckerberg wrote an editorial about it on The Washington Post. In Zuckerberg’s article, he called the U.S. immigration policy strange and said is unfit for today’s world. Zuckerberg was joined by many notable technology company executives for this initiative.
FWD.us is going to work with members of both parties in Congress, the White House administration, and officials at the state level. FWD.us will utilize online and offline tools for supporting policy changes around immigration.
FWD.us members include Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder), Eric Schmidt (Google Executive Chairman, Marissa Mayer (Yahoo! CEO), Drew Houston (Dropbox CEO), Jim Breyer (Accel Partners), Matt Cohler (Benchmark Capital), Paul Graham (Y Combinator co-founder), Max Levchin (PayPal co-founder), Aditya Agarwal (Dropbox VP of engineering), Ron Conway (angel investor), Chamath Palihapitiya (Social+Capital Partnership), Joe Green (Causes app co-founder), and Ruchi Sanghvi (first female engineer hired by Facebook and co-founder of Cove).
Below are some of the bullet-points from Zuckerberg’s article on The Washington Post about what he believes need to be changed in the U.S.:
-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.
-Higher standards and accountability in schools, support for good teachers and a much greater focus on learning about science, technology, engineering and math.
-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.