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Zuckerberg: US Immigration Policies 'Unfit'

April 11, 2013
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (file photo)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (file photo)

Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg has officially launched a new political group aimed at comprehensive reform of the US immigration and education systems to make the country more competitive internationally.

Zuckerberg formally launched the group with an op-ed article published in the Washington Post Thursday in which he called America's current immigration policies "unfit for today's world."

The group is backed by numerous technology executives included Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer and Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn.

"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world," Zuckerberg wrote. "To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best. We need those middle-school students to be tomorrow's leaders," he wrote.

"Given all this, why do we kick out the more than 40 per cent of math and science graduate students who are not US citizens after educating them?"

Zuckerberg said would push for comprehensive immigration reform, higher standards in schools including a greater focus on science, maths and engineering, and increased investments in break-through technologies.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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