Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will push comprehensive immigration reform on Monday when he speaks at a screening of “Documented,” a film about illegal immigrants and former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas.
Vargas revealed his status as an illegal immigrant in a 2011 New York Times Magazine article and has been an advocate for illegal immigrants ever since.
The screening is co-sponsored by Zuckerberg’s FWD.us PAC, which was formed to push comprehensive immigration reform. Facebook, like other Silicon Valley tech companies, think the only way they can get an increase in the number of high tech visas is through a comprehensive bill.
According to BuzzFeed, Joe Green, who is now president of FWD.us, reached out to Vargas when he made his announcement. Green had been Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard.
Vargas said Zuckerberg also sent him a Facebook message after he went public with his immigration status, saying, “That was amazing.”
Zuckerberg’s PAC, FWD.us, has a roster of advisers–like Republicans Dan Senor and Rob Jesmer–from Washington’s permanent political class that have been strong proponents of comprehensive immigration reform.