Mark Zuckerberg has come out I support of illegal immigrants in the U.S. He is reportedly pushing President Obama to take the controversial step of using his executive authority to grant amnesty to the thousands of Latin Americans who live in the U.S. but who do not have American citizenship nor a Green Card.
Call them illegals or undocumented workers there is no denying that they are currently the center of a hotly contested political debate in America. The vast majority come from Latin America and so the issue is especially sensitive amongst America’s Hispanic population.
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The issue has become even more divisive now that the Republicans are set to resume control of the U.S. senate. Some are threatening impeachment proceedings against Obama should he grant the amnesty.
A number of Silicon Valley execs including Zuckerberg funded an organization called FWD.us (FWD stands for forward). Together they raised $50 million.
In an op-ed which Zuckerberg published in the Washington Post last year the Facebook founder wrote about his own immigrant roots. “This is, after all, the American story. My great-grandparents came through Ellis Island. My grandfathers were a mailman and a police officer. My parents are doctors. I started a company. None of this could have happened without a welcoming immigration policy, a great education system and the world’s leading scientific community that created the Internet.”
But FWD.us failed in its efforts and has not effected any real change in U.S. immigration policies.