Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has launched a lobby group of top technology leaders to push for immigration reforms in the US.
The FWD.us is a new organization founded by leaders of America’s technology community to focus on immigration reforms and “advocate a bipartisan policy agenda to build the knowledge economy the United States needs to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment,” Mr Zuckerberg said in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post.
He said migrant “students are smart and hardworking, and they should be part of our future.”
Mr Zuckerberg described immigrants as the “most talented and hardest-working people."
He said the US should “train and attract the best.”
The FWD.us has been unveiled as the Congress debates on immigration reforms.
Mr Zuckerberg said the US needs a “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.”
Some of the big names from the tech sector backing the group include Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer, Drew Houston, Ron Conway, Chamath Palihapitiya, Joe Green, Jim Breyer, Matt Cohler, John Doerr, Paul Graham, Mary Meeker, Max Levchin, Aditya Agarwal and Ruchi Sanghvi.
“As leaders of an industry that has benefited from this economic shift, we believe that we have a responsibility to work together to ensure that all members of our society gain from the rewards of the modern knowledge economy,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote.