From Zuckerberg to Jobs: Immigration Reform Has These Big Backers

Laurene Powell Jobs — Steve Jobs’s widow — added her voice to the din of technology companies lobbying for immigration reform in the U.S., suggesting that many in the industry see great value in more permeable borders.

On Thursday, word spread that a political group co-founded by Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) Mark Zuckerberg that was pushing for immigration policy changes. The group, and its financial contributors, is populated by a number of high-profile tech executives, including co-founder and president Joe Green, who also launched Causes.com.

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Jobs and Zuckerberg’s organization speaks directly to a policy the U.S. Senate is currently deliberating over. Similar to an immigration reform bill called the Dream Act that was stalled in the Senate in 2010, the current set of immigration laws under review are due to be unveiled by the end of this week…

President Barack Obama already set up a system for deferred deportation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. if they meet certain standards, have no criminal record, and came before they turned 16 years old.

It’s unclear just how these political activists feel about the specific legislation going through the Senate right now, but it seems likely that they support of it. However, they may be interested in even stronger laws allowing for immigration and routes to citizenship.

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Jobs said that failing to give immigrants a route to citizenship, or at least legal status, is a “such a waste of lives, such a waste of potential, such a waste for our country not to have the human capital we developed geared towards improving our entire society.”…

Her sentiments almost perfectly echoed Zuckerberg’s statements in the op-ed piece he wrote for the Washington Post, in which he asked, “why do we kick out more than 40 percent of math and science graduate students who are not U.S. citizens after educating them?”

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Zuckerberg believes that the current U.S. policies on immigration are stifling innovation in the market by sending away or keeping away people that could make or enhance business. He even believes many immigrants could be entrepreneurs that would start businesses and create more American jobs.

Given the deadline the Senate group set for itself, more on this story should come up in the next few days.

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