Monday, November 25, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg speaks out for more visas for skilled IT workers, and for immigration reform ; we depend on undocumented workers, he says

Mark Zuckerberg appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday morning, toward the end of the hour, and spoke up for immigration reform as it affects the high-tech labor market.
  
Zuckerberg seems to believe that American tech companies need to rely on the talent of young adults and teens whose parents were undocumented.  That is an interesting notion from merely a business perspective.  Why are American families unable to produce enough talent?  Zuckerberg has previously made donations to inner city school systems, as in Newark NJ. 
   
Zuckerberg;s lobbying organization is called “Fwd.us” with link here.
   
He argued for three proposals:  more visas for workers with skills, allow a clear path to citizenship, and increase border security. Presumably he wants to strengthen the H-1B visa program for skilled workers. 
   
Zuckerberg has also spoken at the screening of a film “Documented”, by Jose Antonio Vargas, who announced that he was undocumented.  I will look for the film to review (it’s not on Netflix yet). 
  
    
I do get the impression that he thinks that overseas kids, maybe because they are raised in more difficult conditions sometimes, develop the cleverness (as well as “curiosity”) that is needed for the job.   


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