August 21st, 2013
08:57 AM ET
10 years ago

Zuckerberg: Concerns were expressed about immigration lobbying

(CNN) - Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg aims to add immigration reform to his long list of accomplishments.

Since forming a public interest group with other leading tech CEOs back in April, he has intensified lobbying efforts for comprehensive immigration reform.

When asked why would he get involved with such a controversial matter, Zuckerberg said during an exclusive TV interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" that it was an "important" issue for the country."

He admitted that not everyone at Facebook was happy about his involvement. "When we were first talking about doing this, a lot of people actually were worried that it was going to be a problem for Facebook."

He decided to tackle the issue regardless. "There are 11 million undocumented people who came here to work hard and contribute to the country, and I don't think it's quite as polarized as people always say."

CNN confirmed that Zuckerberg will meet Sen. Marco Rubio, the GOP's leading voice on the issue, at the tech giant's headquarters later Wednesday. While CNN was not able to confirm the exact topics of their conversation, "their shared commitment to fixing America's broken immigration system" is expected to come up. The first term Republican senator from Florida is a member of a bipartisan gang of eight senators who spearheaded the successful drive to pass an immigration reform bill through the chamber.

The Facebook CEO admits he lacks experience in legislation. "I can't really tell anyone how to legislate. I mean that's - everyone understands this stuff way better than I do."

Zuckerberg made clear he is not interested in political blame games. He is willing to work with both Republicans and Democrats.

"My goal in this is just to try to help support folks who care deeply about getting this done, on both sides, and hopefully we can make a difference."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rob

    I like that. Undocumented. That should read criminals. They broke our laws and should not be rewarded for it any more than a robber, thief or any other criminal

    August 21, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I love Marco Rubio. He's my favorite Republican. He's the textbook example of a Republican. He's so phony that you can see through him, especially on immigration. He has one position when he speaks English, and another when speaking in Spanish. My man, Marco. I would hold him up as a typical example of an untrustworthy Republican.

    P.S. I fell in love when he took that water bottle sip on the sly during his SOTU rebuttal.

    August 21, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    His interest is in hiring from off shore.......he is part OF the immigration problem......he has NO solutions for it.

    August 21, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |