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April 15, 2013

Facebook's Zuckerberg Argues for Immigration Reform

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (News - Alert) has his fingers in an awful lot of pies these days. While his social media site is still obviously his foremost concern, the young billionaire has become somewhat involved in social causes these days as well.

One of the areas in which the Web genius has recently taken a real interest is Immigration Reform.

Zuckerberg recently penned an article where he said the U.S. government needs to fix the “strange” policies keeping talented young people from being able to enter and work in the country.

The country, said Zuckerberg, doesn’t provide enough visas for foreign workers who have advanced skills. These skills are the kind that that could help move the United States forward in a wide range of technological fields.

"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world," the 28-year-old said in an opinion column in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Zuckerberg said comprehensive improvements in the United States education system and their immigration policies are needed. Facebook’s founder also introduced a new advocacy group,, comprising a group of Silicon Valley power brokers such as Zuckerberg and Dropbox (News - Alert) CEO Drew Houston.

The launch of this particular group comes at the same time that congress is actually working on a comprehensive immigration reform package. In technology sectors, the amount of H1-B visas, those that allow highly skilled workers to come and work in the country for up to six years, has been a hot topic for quite a while now. The group argues that American universities are churning out enough people who are truly skilled in mathematics and other fields to make up for the lack of talent coming from outside the country.

Edited by Braden Becker
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