A new advert sponsored by the Council for American Job Growth, the immigration rights advocacy group that is an affiliate of the FWD.us group, has been launched, with the aim of putting pressure on the Republican Party to force them to enact immigration reform before the end of 2014.
The chief executive officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was responsible for the formation of FWD.us (together with support from giants in the tech industry such as Sean Parker and Bill Gates), which has been very outspoken in its support for immigration reform. FWD.us and the Council have declared that Republicans in the House of Representatives are failing to do enough to ensure the passing of immigration reform legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to start on the path to gaining US citizenship.
The Pew Research Centre, the nonpartisan organization that keeps the public informed about trends that affect people in the United States, conducts demographic research, media content analysis, public opinion polling and various other forms of social science research. In January they released a study that found that immigration reform was 16th on the priority list of the great majority of Americans.
The advertisement is set to play across 50 states for two weeks and will argue that immigration reform is vital to the future of the US economy, without which the nation will face a loss of tax revenue and stagnant job growth. Leaders in the technology industry are invested in immigration reform because they rely on sponsoring immigrant workers to move to the United States and help develop new technologies.