28 January 2017, USA:
The Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has expressed concern over Trump’s executive orders this week on immigration and refugees.
Mark Zuckerberg said, “My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.”
He added, “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”
“That said, I was glad to hear President Trump say he’s going to “work something out” for Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents. Right now, 750,000 Dreamers benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows them to live and work legally in the US. I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I’ll be working with our team at FWD.us to find ways we can help,” Zuckerberg stated.
Zuckerberg said, “I’m also glad the President believes our country should continue to benefit from “people of great talent coming into the country.”
The post was Zuckerberg’s strongest political comment since Trump’s inauguration, at a time when technology leaders are trying to adapt to the new administration and its planned changes. Both Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg have been criticized for not speaking out against Trump — especially since Sandberg has become a feminist icon after her 2013 book “Lean In” about empowering women in the workplace as per the report by Bloomberg. (Image- Reuters)