Rumor has it that Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, is taking part in the planning of a super PAC that will advocate for a comprehensive immigration reform. According to About.com, a super PAC is a political action committee that is allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money provided by corporations, unions, individuals, associations and even some non-profits. The function of a super PAC is to promote the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office.
Co.Exist reported that Zuckerberg may have a good reason for planning the super PAC: “he knows the value of attracting international talent” and that immigration laws affect his company. According to Forbes, hundred of leaders met in Silicon Valley for the 2013 Global Technology Symposium in which they looked to foster a culture of entrepreneurship which attracts innovators to America. The Immigration Policy Center claims that immigrants were founders of 18 percent of Fortune 500 companies which, as of 2010, generated $1.7 trillion in annual revenue and 3.6 million employment opportunities. A 2012 report determined that “foreign-born STEM workers currently in the workforce are complementing, not displacing their U.S. counterparts.” Despite the common belief that immigrants are taking Americans’ jobs, it seems as if they are actually helping create jobs and filling jobs that complement Americans’ jobs.
It is interesting to see the focus of the immigration debate shift towards educated workers when the image that is given of immigrants’ labor is usually manual labor. It is important to recognize how the immigration reform will affect all immigration whether it is for high-tech jobs or manual labor. Immigration affects all aspects of our society and that must be kept in mind when thinking of a reform.