Immigration Reform Meets The High Technology Industry via Mark Zuckerberg

jonathan March 28, 2013 0
Immigration Reform Meets The High Technology Industry via Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has become a popular name over  the past few years as a developer and contributor of the growing group of rich young idealists in Silicon Valley who donate great sums of money to community organizations. However, he has not been known to be a very political person. Rumors are circulating the media that Zuckerberg is working on a super political action committee that will focus on immigration reform. Of course, there is an obvious motive behind  Zuckerberg’s motivation as a business minded entrepreneur that might fuel him to getting involved with immigration reform:

  • All the votes and appeal by the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the US. (Pew Hispanic Center estimate 2011)
  • The value of attracting talent internationally.
  • Restrictive immigration laws hurt Zuckerberg’s business.

As a graduate researching the future of digital media for queer people of color, this makes it extremely exciting to envision working in a field that supports my goals with activism, community and diversity.

Zuckerberg’s approach to giving has established new culture of philanthropy amongst folks in the Silicon Valley.  Few details have been confirmed, but there are plenty of rumors. The San Francisco Chronicle cites sources who say that…

“the group is bringing on Jon Lerner, the Republican strategist who founded Maryland-based Red Sea LLC and who is behind the conservative Club for Growth. Joining him will be ultra-conservative GOP consultant Rob Jesmer, a former strategist with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.”

Other sources told Politico that Democratic strategists will also be onboard explaining that the new advocacy organization will have “an initial focus on comprehensive immigration reform.”

This doesn’t  mean that Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for president or get busy with politics. That means it could easily expand to other issues in the future. Aver? Pa’lante!

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