Zuckerberg: Why Our Immigration System Is a Mess

It keeps smart people out who hold the key to a 'knowledge economy'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg's political advocacy group for immigration reform launches today, reports Politico, and Zuckerberg himself takes to the Washington Post to explain the rationale behind FWD.us. You'll get the gist from a string of questions he poses in the op-ed piece:

  • "Why do we kick out the more than 40 percent of math and science graduate students who are not US citizens after educating them?"
  • "Why do we offer so few H-1B visas for talented specialists that the supply runs out within days of becoming available each year, even though we know each of these jobs will create two or three more American jobs in return?"
  • "Why don’t we let entrepreneurs move here when they have what it takes to start companies that will create even more jobs?"

Zuckerberg's group is pushing for reform that encompasses border security, a path to citizenship, a mindset that encourages smart, hard-working immigrants to live here, better schools, an increased emphasis on science and math in education, more investment into scientific research, "and assurance that the benefits of the inventions belong to the public and not just to the few." The current state of affairs doesn't make sense for a place that calls itself a "nation of immigrants," writes Zuckerberg. Click for his full column.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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