Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Mexico City on Friday as keynote speaker at billionaire Carlos Slim's annual Telmex Foundation charity event. The internet billionaire spoke about his company's plan to provide billions of people with free internet, while also addressing the issue of immigration reform in the United States.
During his speech at the Mexico XXI Century Forum, Zuckerberg criticized the current state of the U.S. immigration system. “There’s something broken that needs to be fixed,” said Zuckerberg told the audience at Mexico’s National Auditorium.
The founder of the World's most successful social network explained that his interest in immigration reform came as a result of a visit to a class of elementary school students, after asking a student if he would like to go to college.
"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world"
“He said he couldn’t go, because he was undocumented. I was very surprised because he was no different from other students, then I asked who else was undocumented or from another country and half the class raised their hands," he said.
Zuckerberg heads the advocacy group Fwd.us since his launch, a group foccused on lobbying for immigration and education reform along with support for scientific research.