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Zuckerberg Announces Tech Group Fighting for Immigration Reform

By Chris Neiger - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:18PM

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Facebook (FB 1.29%) CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly introduced a new organization he co-founded with other tech leaders,, in a Washington Post Op-Ed yesterday, saying it will advocate on issues including immigration reform, education, and investments in scientific discoveries.

According to Zuckerberg's article, immigration reform is the key issue the organization intends to take on. "We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world," he wrote.

The Facebook CEO explained that his great-grandparents immigrated to the United States, entering through Ellis Island, and that he and his family wouldn't be where they are, "without a welcoming immigration policy, a great education system and the world's leading scientific community that created the Internet."

Zuckerberg wrote about what he calls the "knowledge economy" in which "the most important resources are the talented people we educate and attract to our country. "A knowledge economy can scale further, create better jobs and provide a higher quality of living for everyone in our nation."

In addition to Zuckerberg, the organization is founded by leaders of America's technology community including 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. It aims to work with both political parties in Congress, the administration, and state and local officials.


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