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Mark Zuckerberg's Immigration Reform Push Hits Roadblock

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 02:30 PM

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's big money drive for comprehensive immigration reform ran into a stone wall when President Barack Obama announced that he would delay any action on immigration until after the mid-term November elections.

Zuckerberg, who wheedled many of the high-tech wealthy, including Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, to donate millions to FWD.us, an organization Zuckerberg founded to push for immigration reform, instead pushed out the group's president, Joe Green, in frustration at not achieving the group's goals a year after its origin, Recode reports.

"While FWD.us has achieved important milestones in the fight to reform immigration laws, Joe and I agreed a change in leadership was necessary," Zuckerberg wrote in a letter to his group's major contributors.

"We’re going to stay focused on our mission of mobilizing the tech community in support of policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century, starting with comprehensive immigration reform."

Michael Lind, writing on Politico, noted, "The truth is the billionaires and their allies are getting nowhere. Each element of the elite consensus has gone down in flames, again and again, to the horror of wealthy donors, corporate managers and the editorial pages of prestigious publications.

"If the billionaires had any say, then comprehensive immigration reform of some kind would have granted a path to legal status for most illegal immigrants, while at the same time greatly expanding categories of illegal immigrants, including both low-wage and high-skill guest workers."

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, has blasted Zuckerberg, 30, for comments he made while speaking overseas, that the United States has a "strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants, and it’s a policy unfit for today’s world," the Blaze reports.

"Young Mr. Zuckerberg maybe doesn’t know that there’s a deep American tradition and a tradition in most developed nations, really. You don’t go to a foreign capital to criticize your own government," Sessions said on the Senate floor.

"I suppose he doesn’t know about that. They probably didn’t teach him that when he was at one of the elite schools he attended."

Forbes reports that Zuckerberg is worth $34.3 billion.

"The administration is meeting with the elite, the cosmopolitan set, who scorn and mock the concerns of everyday Americans," Sessions added.

"These great and powerful citizens of the world, we know don’t care much about old-fashioned things like national boundaries, national sovereignty, immigration controls, let alone the constitutional separation of powers or even the consistent and evenhanded enforcement of plain law.

"I read in the news that Facebook, his company, is now worth more than $200 billion. Is that not enough money to hire American workers for a change?" Sessions asked.


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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's big money drive for comprehensive immigration reform ran into a stone wall when President Barack Obama announced that he would delay any action on immigration until after the mid-term November elections.
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