Zuckerberg-Backed Pro-Immigration Reform Group Vows to Fight On

Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 06:46 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A deep-pocket pro-immigration group supported by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't conceding an end to efforts for a "permanent legislative solution."

FWD.us is urging the fight for an immigration reform bill in Congress to continue despite signs the battle may be over this year, Breitbart News reports.

Obama vowed Monday to go it alone to try to fix the problem of illegal immigration into the country after House Speaker John Boehner declared there'd be no vote on an immigration bill this year.

"While President Obama has taken necessary steps to address temporarily some of the urgent problems plaguing our nation in the face of over a year of unacceptable inaction by House Republicans, the only way to solve this problem is a permanent legislative solution," Joe Green, Zuckerberg's former Harvard roommate, said in a statement. 

"More than 3 in 4 Americans across the political spectrum support fixing our broken immigration system — including a majority of self-identified Republicans — and understand that it's well past time for House Republicans to take action. Americans are deeply frustrated that House Republicans have thus far failed to bring legislation to a vote: every day without reform, our economy loses $37 million in revenue, we miss out on the creation of American jobs, and millions of American families live in fear of separation."

Facebook and the high-tech industry wants massive increases in the number of guest-worker visas, Breitbart reported.

And a new study reported by Fox Business Wednesday noted the shortage of highly-skilled, tech-savvy workers is hurting growing businesses. 

The Brookings Institution study finds science, technology, engineering and mathematics positions take more than twice as long to fill as jobs out of those fields, Fox Business reported.

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