Zuckerberg: Immigration ‘One of Biggest Civil Rights’ Issues of Our Time (+video)

Photo Credit: Guillaume PaumierWith the movement on immigration reform at a standstill in Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top Silicon Valley executives joined together on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to press ahead with their work on fixing the country’s immigration system.

Zuckerberg, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Dropbox CEO Andrew Houston were on hand to help kick off a “hackathon” event at LinkedIn’s headquarters, where a group of 20 young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, often called “Dreamers,” will spend the next 25 hours coding Web tools aimed at advocating for immigration reform.

“I think this is one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time,” Zuckerberg told reporters and the room of young coders from across the U.S. “We’re at a pretty critical moment in the movement right now where it’s really important to keep pushing ahead.”


The three tech executives, along with Groupon co-founder Andrew Mason and immigration rights advocate Jose Antonio Vargas, will judge the young immigrants’ final work on Thursday afternoon and determine which project wins for “best design,” “best advocacy app” and “best storytelling app.”

FWD.us, the political advocacy group co-founded by Zuckerberg that’s funded by many of the tech industry’s most powerful executives, is hosting the event to show Congress that it’s not backing down from its push for passing immigration legislation that includes a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.

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  • James

    Just how in the hell is immigration a Civil Right? You do not
    have a right to go to any other country that you want to go too. That country has a right to choose who they want to let in to their country.

    If you remember Mark Zuckerberg was accused of stealing the
    social network of Facebook from two others that developed it. He was able to win in court because of his money that he made from Facebook. Also, he is interested in getting cheap labor because Facebook is going downhill. Teens are leaving facebook by the groves because of Facebook’s policy of no privacy of your posting. Zukerberg is having trouble with selling ads and he knows that there is a huge market out there for information on you. Why should business pay for ads when they get you to “like” them on Facebook. Every bussinness and politician has a Facebook page. It is now nothing but ads. Them to top it off, facebook makes it easy for hackers to get into your phone or computer.

    • IVDAD

      Everything is a civil right today. Immigration, being gay, voting without proper registration, drivers license, medical coverage, and anything else you want to add. Too many are looking for getting something and contributing nothing. As long as more and more Americans and Non Americans accept this idea, we are soon to become the Late Great United States.

  • Mark

    I applaud young Mr. Zuckerburg’s achievements. A true American success story? However, I’d put more credence in his views on and input towards, national policy, including Immigration reform, if he had any experience with the subject.
    My questions to Mr. Zuckerburg are: What interest do you have in immigration reform other than forming a potential pool for cheap labor? What experience do you bring to the Table of National Public Policy? Do you have any formal schooling? Any military or other extended public service? What’s your true interest in the future and security of our nation other than what’s good for your company?
    Come back when you’ve matured Mr Zuckerburg. You have a lot to prove to me other than your luck at making money.

  • sooner4ever

    Illegal immigrants have zero, and should have zero, civil rights. Zuckerberg wasn’t alive, or doesn’t remember, that we had immigration reform in 1986. It didn’t stop the illegals then, either. Arrest, detain, and deport. Then, if they want to come in legally, play by the rules. We, as American citizens have to follow the rules and those who came here illegally need to do the same. Zuckerberg is another wealthy jackass who knows nothing about life.

  • jdelaney3

    Just another brainwashed liberal. He’s why I don’t use facebook. Don’want to empower stupidity and treason.

  • 1-Eddie-1

    Immigration is not a civil right, it is a privilege. It has always been a privilege to grant a LEGAL immigrant with American citizenship. Immigration into America under unlawful circumstances is not a reason to grant someone the privilege of being an American citizen.