Mark Zuckerberg has not made many public statements about the new United States President, Donald Trump. However, he changed this on Friday in a Facebook post.
As expected, Zuckerberg expressed his disapproval of the new immigration policy that Trump proposed. Zuckerberg is known to have been fond of the subject for many years. He even founded a political advocacy group called FWD.us that deals with immigration issues.
Zuckerberg writes that, as many other people, he is concerned about the impact that the new immigration orders signed by Trump may have. He agrees that the country should be kept safe, but the only effective way to do this is to focus on the people who actually are potential threats.
He thinks that taking away this focus from the real threat affects more the safety of the people, since the resources are diverted to other purposes. Also, many immigrants without documents who constitute no threat at all are now afraid that deportation is imminent.
He supports the claim that refugees should be helped and not sent away. In the end, the United States have gathered many immigrants over time. If they had not been allowed before, his wife Priscilla would not be here now. His wife’s family is made up of refugees from China and Vietnam. Also, his own grandparents are immigrants from Europe.
But what claims of Trump’s is Zuckerberg condemning? He is of course referring to the act of building a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico and the proposal to reduce the number of accepted immigrants and refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Also, many of the striking talents at Facebook are from countries far away and they did this by actively promoting the special H-1B visa program. However, Zuckerberg is happy that Trump is planning to solve the problem of Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Zuckerberg is one of the most influential public personalities in the United States. Some have even speculated that he might be planning to run for president someday, since his new year’s resolution was to meet more Americans in more states. This sounds quite like a thing that politicians do in their campaigns.
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