Mark Zuckerberg really, really wants more H1-B visa types to help push down the wages of Silicon Valley tech workers. A $36 billion fortune can’t last forever, you know.
And he’s always valiantly trying to do something about making it easier (and more attractive) for non-citizens to enter the U.S.:
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated $5 million to help undocumented immigrants attend college, Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.
The donation is aimed at helping 400 youth in the Bay Area over the next five years through TheDream.US, a nonprofit founded in 2013 to provide scholarships to college-bound youth who came to the United States illegally as children.
“Without documentation, it’s often a struggle to get a college education, and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid,” Zuckerberg said Wednesday. “We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation, and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential.”
His focus on the Bay Area, where Facebook is headquartered, was meant to help TheDream.US expand its national reach, he added…
Zuckerberg, 31, has long supported immigrant rights, and co-founded the lobbying group FWD.us in 2013 with Bill Gates and other tech executives. One of the organization’s top objectives is to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
It has also lobbied on behalf of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a government program benefiting immigrants who came to the country illegally as young children — the same people poised to benefit from Zuckerberg’s scholarship funds.