In all the drama surrounding Facebook’s recent meetingwith “leading conservatives” and notable Never Trump leaders such as Glenn Beck, Brent Bozell, and S. E. Cupp, it’s worth remembering that there is a real issue underlying the animus between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump: immigration reform.
Donald Trump launched his bid for president on the issue of stopping illegal immigration, and once he took a commanding lead in the polls he never looked back.
That’s why it’s significant that Zuckerberg’s Facebook would be helping to define conservative “leadership” as having its base within the motley crew of Trump’s detractors.
Mark Zuckerberg was one of the high-tech leaders who came out strongly and publicly in favor of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill. Zuckerberg lent not just his celebrity to the cause of promoting amnesty but also a significant amount of lobbying money.
As reported in The Hill, Zuckerberg even led a legal brief in support of Obama’s immigration policies in 2014:
The brief makes a business argument for Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration, saying they have the potential to increase gross domestic product by hundreds of billions of dollars over a decade if allowed to go forward.
‘Instead of inviting the economic contributions of immigrants, our immigration enforcement policies have often inhibited the productivity of U.S. companies and made it harder for them to compete in the global marketplace,’ according to the brief.
Zuckerberg’s concern on immigration reform, however, was not due to his compassion for the lettuce pickers and bed makers. Zuckerberg became an immigration reform proponent as part of his deal to get H-1B visas.