Mark Zuckerberg's entry into politics via an immigration reform group is now official. As noted by TechCrunch, Zuckerberg has teamed up with a number of high-profile technology executives and venture capitalists to form FWD.us — a group that will work to "promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy."
"Promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy."
To mark the launch of FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg published an op-ed in the Washington Post detailing how US immigration policies need to be overhauled to promote "jobs, innovation and investment" in the US. By overhauling border security controls, Zuckerberg (and his founding partners) believe that the US can attract the most talented and hard-working people no matter where they are from. FWD.us will also push for higher standards and accountability in schools to increase support for good teachers that can help to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills from an early age.
Earlier reports suggested that Bill Gates and Marc Andreessen would be involved in the group, but that doesn't appear to the case at launch. However, FWD.us will be backed by LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and other prominent tech leaders, investors, and VCs from Silicon Valley and beyond.