Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us political action group continues to move forward in its pursuit of immigration reform. Unfortunately, their cause has suffered a massive setback given the events in Boston last week and the alleged attackers immigration status. A large portion of Americans will take the Boston attacks as a reason to make sure we don’t let in any more of those “fer-ners” from Russia or anywhere else into “our” country.
Zuckerberg’s cause is just and while he faces/faced an uphill battle … well, now he now finds himself screwed. However, a handful of well-known tech moguls have decided to join him on his Quixotic if not impossible quest. Jousting a windmill with a bunch of money is easier than convincing certain Americans on the need for intelligent immigration reform. And that’s easier than Sisyphus’ task.
Joining Zuckerberg today is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, and entrepreneur and investor Justin Timberlake, errr … rather, Sean Parker.
“We’ve been excited by the momentum we continue to see as more members of the tech community contribute to the national debate to improve our economic future, and support the bipartisan policies that will boost economic growth and continue to grow the knowledge economy,” FWD.us President Joe Green said in a statement.
This group joins a daunting list of “who’s who” that joined Zuckerberg when he announced his intentions in an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post earlier this month. This group includes, but is not limited to:
Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) co-founder Reid Hoffman; Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer; Dropbox CEO Drew Houston; angel investor Ron Conway; Chamath Palihapitiya of the Social+Capital Partnership VC fund; Joe Green, co-founder of the Causes Facebook app; Jim Breyer of the Accel Partners VC fund; Matt Cohler of the Benchmark VC fund; John Doerr and Mary Meeker of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers VC fund; Paul Graham, co-founder of the Y Combinator seed capital firm; PayPal co-founder Max Levchin; Aditya Agarwal, vice president of engineering at Dropbox; and Ruchi Sanghvi, a former Facebook engineer who started a company later acquired by Dropbox.
(Big thanks to CNET for compiling that list which I “borrowed” to a word.)
Congress’ “comprehensive immigration reform” was a morass to be navigated, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother may prove to be an abyss where if there is a bottom, it will be a bottom filled with Burmese pythons like the Everglades and the narrow-minded people who live there.