Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform group has a lot of very well known technology faces, including web developers from Dropbox, Google, Facebook and has nabbed Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo and Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn.
Now the group has nabbed the CEO and ex-CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.
Zuckerberg’s Big Political Plan
The big idea is to reform the way immigration and education happens in the US, to make sure people from oversees get the same opportunities US citizens get, if they are willing to work and learn.
Zuckerberg said he had the idea when lecturing a group and one of his top entrepreneur students said he couldn’t get into college because he wasn’t legally documented.
US immigration stances have been pretty opaque in some terms and not a lot has been done to give fair competition to oversees workers or people who were born but undocumented.
This move would be good for technology companies too, instead of hiring second class talent from the US, they can get the best worldwide to work at main office HQ’s in America.
Microsoft Joining The Fold
Bill Gates was originally thought to be a co-founder of FWD.us, he has been a strong supporter of education change and better commitment to developing the US as a powerful economy.
Gates does not oversee day to day activities at Microsoft any more and works primarily on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helping work with poor countries all over the world.
The ex-CEO has been giving a large amount of his money away to charity and is a progressive thinker who has worked with Warren Buffet and other big names to push changes in the US.
With Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates both added to the list, this lobbying group becomes ever more stronger.