Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.
Zuckerberg announced the formation of Fwd.us in an op-ed in The Washington Post late Wednesday. In it, he says the U.S. needs a new approach to these issues if it is to get ahead economically. This, he writes, includes offering talented, skilled immigrants a path to citizenship.
He also calls for higher standards and accountability in schools and increased focus on learning about science, technology, engineering and math.
"My great-grandparents came through Ellis Island. My grandfathers were a mailman and a police officer. My parents are doctors. I started a company. None of this could have happened without a welcoming immigration policy, a great education system and the worldâ??s leading scientific community that created the Internet," wrote Zuckerberg.
Also backing the group are tech leaders such as LinkedIn Corp. CEO Reid Hoffman, venture capitalists John Doerr and Jim Breyer, as well as Ruchi Sanghvi of Dropbox, who was Facebook Inc.'s first female engineer.