Technology moguls from Google, Facebook and a number of other companies made the announcement on April 11th that they have decided to join together in order to create a political advocacy group under the name of FWD.us. The group, which is the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, is intending to promote policies that would ensure that the workforce of the United States remains competitive.
The first priority for the bipartisan group is to push for comprehensive immigration reform, with the focus being on those who arrived in the United States when they were children or who have been educated in the country. Writing in the Washington Post in the Opinions Column, Zuckerberg claims that his plan for immigration reform calls for effective border security in addition to a different method to try and attract the hardest working and most talented people to the United States, regardless of their country of origin.
He argues that it is necessary to have simple employment verification procedures, together with modifications to the guest worker program and a rise in the amount of available of H-1B US visas, while emphasizing the necessity for a brand new focus so as to ensure more innovation, investment and new jobs.
“In a knowledge economy, the most important resources are the talented people we educate and attract to our country,” Zuckerberg says. “To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest working people.”