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

(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.

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NorCalHal
Apr 13, 2013 11:25 PM CDT
Zuckerberg and his group MAY want to increase the number of skilled immigrants, and make it easier for those wanting to work to enter the country, but as long as our state and federal welfare systems give money to anyone that can wade across the border or hide in the back of a truck what we will ACTUALLY GET is more illegals on welfare, more crime from illegals, more illegal babies and a declining lifestyle / society.
meifert
Apr 12, 2013 8:32 PM CDT
Here is a thought, how about instead of ignoring the immigration issues we fix them? it could be done mostly with 7 things. 1) allow police to detain illegals until deportation. 2) flat tax rate (you know, a sales tax incorporating income tax as one) you would get a tax return by itemizing what you bought over the year. 3) heavy punishments, fines or deportation for people caught helping illegals into the country. 4) no green card unless you are educated (i have co-workers who literally can't read even in there native language that have green cards) 5) English as a national language, learn it or stay where you are. people who want to be Americans will learn it. 6) No welfare for illegals with kids born here and deport them when the kids turn 18. 7) no nationalization, visa or green card tests in another language besides English. pick 4 and our immigration problem would start to take care of itself, take them all and solve it.
Corsica
Apr 12, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Don't we have natural born math and science geeks here already? Engineers? And entrepreneurs? (Like Zuckerberg?) I'm all for immigration of talented people, but just how many of them are there that have a problem getting in the country? Hundreds? Thousands? Certainly not millions! Why don't they just do what 30/50 million illegals since 1986 have done and just disappear into the crowd?