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Mark Zuckerberg pushes for immigration reform


Looking over his shoulder? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attends a town hall style meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at Facebook headquarters on April 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California.


Justin Sullivan

Mark Zuckerberg is pushing for immigration reform.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, the Facebook CEO announced the formation of his new group (pronounced "forward us") which advocates for a new approach toward immigration that helps immigrants on their path toward citizenship.

Zuckerberg said he wants "comprehensive immigration reform that begins with effective border security... and lets us attract the most talented and hardest-working people, no matter where they were born."

He is also critical of the country's current policies.

"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world." - Mark Zuckerberg

The group, founded by Silicon Valley’s technology community, is working toward a bipartisan policy agenda and comes days before a Senate group is expected to roll out on a comprehensive immigration bill.

The group has the backing of Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and LinkedIn Corp. CEO Reid Hoffman, among others.

Zuckerberg's friend Joe Green, the founder of social network, is the group's president and founder.