Wow when I drafted and passed the instate tuition bill HB 1403 in 2001 ,(Texas Dream Act)I never thought it would get some much support and have as a big an impact . Now 18 states have adopted it and hundreds of thousands of immigrant students are attending college. Si Se Puedo! Former state rep Domingo Garcia
Mark Zuckerberg donates $5 million for undocumented immigrants
By ADAM B. LERNER | 06/17/2015 06:25 PM EDT | Updated: 06/17/2015 07:05 PM EDT
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $5 million Wednesday to an organization that helps undocumented immigrants attend college in the United States.
“Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. “Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can’t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America’s future. But without documentation, it’s often a struggle to get a college education, and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid.”
Zuckerberg made his donation the TheDream.US, a scholarship fund founded by Donald Graham, the former publisher of the Washington Post, Henry Munoz, the current finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and activist Gaby Pacheco. The organization’s funds all go to youth who have been granted legal status via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started by the Obama administration in 2012.
The Facebook CEO’s donation will specifically help undocumented immigrants in the San Francisco Bay area over the next five years.
In the past, Zuckerberg has advocated for immigration reform through his lobbying group FWD.us, which he cofounded in 2013 with the group’s current President Joe Green. The group has brought together a number of prominent Silicon Valley businessmen and women in an effort to promote immigration reform that includes improved border security, an e-verify computer system for businesses, and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Critics have attacked FWD.us for its support of the Keystone XL pipeline and for allegedly tilting the immigration debate toward high-skill newcomers, rather than their less-advantaged counterparts, including the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
“America was founded as a nation of immigrants,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post describing his donation on behalf of undocumented immigrants. “We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation, and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential.”