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article imageIn high-profile move, Facebook's Zuckerberg co-founds Fwd.us

By Robert G Cope     Apr 11, 2013 in Politics
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and leading Silicon technology leaders formed an organization seeking to revamp American immigration and education policies.
In a high profile move Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with leading Silicon Valley leaders, launched a new organization to focus on issues of immigration and education. The point, as reported in the Huffington Post, is to further the building of the knowledge economy.
The entity goes by a double-meaning name of Fwd.us, pronounced 'forward us.'
On the same day Huffington Post, in its 'Technology' section, reported the founding, Zuckerberg himself offered a more personal account in the Washington Post of why he believes the United States needs to open more opportunities via immigration reform and education.
In the Washington Post he says, “We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world.” Zuckerberg tells of how his great-grandparents came through Ellis Island, one becoming a mail man, the other a police man. His parents were doctors and (as he said) “I started a company.”
He also – continuing the personal recounting – tells how earlier this year, in an after-school high school class, he learned one of his top students, when asked about college-going, said he was sure he couldn't go, because he's undocumented. Mark, explaining for him, saying, “His family is from Mexico, and moved him here when he was a baby.”
He questions an immigration policy: Why do we kick out the more than 40 percent of math and science graduate students who are not U.S. Citizens after we educate them?
Along with fifteen or more leaders in the knowledge industry and contributions – no doubt – of 100s of millions, this new organization expects to influence bi-participationship to embrace policies to assure: An American future filled with promise.
As an immigrant to Australia myself, and a child of immigrants to the U.S.A., the message is well received.
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