He’s “concerned” by the recent executive orders U.S. President Donald Trump signed to restrict immigration, said Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.
The likes of undocumented immigrants who had come to the United States with their parents at a young age, should not be targeted by the Trump administration and the U.S. should remain open for refugees, Zuckerberg said. In a Facebook post very recently, the head of the largest social media platform in the world wrote that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are descendants of immigrants and refugees and therefore it is being assumed that he has taken this stand against the present administration.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat,” Zuckerberg said. “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.”
While saying that he was glad to hear Trump say he would “work something out” for Dreamers, Zuckerberg struck a conciliatory tone with Trump as he repeated some of Trump’s more pro-immigrant quotes. In the post he also said that the Dreamers were essentially undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age. He also said that the Dreamers were also “people of great talent coming into the country.”
Limiting Muslim refugee access to the U.S. and building a wall to border Mexico were among the focal points of the presidential campaign for trump as he has always taken strong anti-immigrant stances while running the campaign. Claiming that the measure would prevent terrorists from being admitted, the new U.S. President signed an executive action to establish new vetting procedures for some people seeking to enter the U.S. on Friday.
At a time when technology leaders are trying to adapt to the new administration and its planned changes, the Facebook post was Zuckerberg’s strongest political comment since Trump’s inauguration. The Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has become a feminist icon after her 2013 book “Lean In” about empowering women in the workplace and both Zuckerberg and Sandberg have been criticized for not speaking out against Trump especially since she has become a feminist icon.
Toeing the line of Zukerberg, criticism of the order by Trump to cut funding from the U.S. to such international non-governmental organizations that provide or talk about abortion services as a method of family planning was severely criticized by Sandberg on Thursday.
“The best way to prevent abortion is through more family planning services, not fewer,” Sandberg said in a post on her Facebook page. “Women’s rights are human rights — and there is no more basic right than health care.”
(Adapted from Bloomberg)