Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer join FWD.us immigration reform group

A few weeks ago, a new political action group called FWD.us was announced with some help from Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Today, the group has announced that it has added the top people at Microsoft to join in its efforts to initiate immigration reform in the US.

The FWS.us website now lists Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as a founding member of the group. The website also shows Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the company's General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith are listed as "Major Contributors." In a statement sent to AlThingsD.com, Joe Green, president of FWD.us, said he was "thrilled" that the three Microsoft executives had officially joined their organization.

Microsoft has been trying for some time to get the U.S. government to change their immigration laws so that the company can hire qualified people from overseas to work at the company and fill a large number of open positions. FWD.us says that in addition to immigration law changes, it also wants to help improve education in the U.S. so that the country can "produce more graduates in the science, technology and math fields."

Other major tech company leaders that are official supporters of FWD.us include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via FWD.us

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I wished to take a Master in USA however it's not possible since the visa does not allow to study and work at the same time.

IMHO, it is more easy to obtain a green card being poor / refugee than to be a professional.

For more information about FWD.US see Digby:
"Mark Zuckerberg's new political group, which bills itself as a bipartisan entity dedicated to passing immigration reform, has spent considerable resources on ads advocating a host of anti-environmental causes including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and constructing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline."
http://digbysblog.blogspot.co....rg-moves-his-empire-to.html

As someone who is soon moving to Canada, People who don't like immigrants or foreigners, scares me. We guys leave our country ( Which is really hard for us because it costs us fortune ), Learn their culture, Work hard there, which also contributes to their economy, still face partiality. My brother was not promoted to manager in a Restaurant where he used to work just because he wasn't white, he was there from 2 years, was perfect candidate, but still it was given to a trainee idiot white teen girl, who later did some really idiotic things. These people seems to forgot that they were immigrant ones too. They took someone's else land and now they are shi**ing their pants when people from other country move their.

If they mean to expand immigration for educated tech workers into the country via a legal process, I'm all for it, but I'm quite frankly tired of hearing about people who have absolutely no right to be in my country that Millions of people built with hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, want the same rights and privileges. Its a privilege to be here and while, I'm for welcoming anyone who wants to work here and help build our country, I'm not for those who feel they are entitled them drain our resources like education and take away resources that should be there for people who deserve it. And yes, I oppose the "Dream act" for that reason alone.

Drewidian said,
If they mean to expand immigration for educated tech workers into the country via a legal process, I'm all for it, but I'm quite frankly tired of hearing about people who have absolutely no right to be in my country that Millions of people built with hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, want the same rights and privileges. Its a privilege to be here and while, I'm for welcoming anyone who wants to work here and help build our country, I'm not for those who feel they are entitled them drain our resources like education and take away resources that should be there for people who deserve it. And yes, I oppose the "Dream act" for that reason alone.
Sometimes I feel like the Reconquistas need to be reminded who they are dealing with.

The "education angle", it's a sham my friend it always has been, one need only look at how H1b's have abused from what they were originally sold. This current push is even more absurd then the 2006 push.

Normally I'd let it slide, but in the event that someone wanted to do some Googling about the organization rather than clicking the link, I thought it best to suggest a fix.

The whole hire people to replace unqualified americans argument is getting to be BS... I know one guy that was a straight A in college Comp Sci major, Got a masters in software engineering was top of the class... applied at Microsoft, they wouldn't even interview him... for a job he was 100% qualified for and had 5yrs of experience in software engineering already... and apparently from another buddy the guy that got the job is a complete idiot and doesn't want to do much work.... go figure.... not going to say the nationality, but I'll just say this, was not American not north, or south American either

As someone married to a LEGAL immigrant, just about every aspect of "reform" has made me sick.

Why does our system suck so much? Go to your local INS office and watch the 700lb whales working the counters. It's ridiculous. Never did I appreciate being a natural born citizen more than when I accompanied my wife to downtown Chicago to the INS/DHS office. What a freaking nightmare.

Bad Man Duke said,
As someone married to a LEGAL immigrant, just about every aspect of "reform" has made me sick.

Why does our system suck so much? Go to your local INS office and watch the 700lb whales working the counters. It's ridiculous. Never did I appreciate being a natural born citizen more than when I accompanied my wife to downtown Chicago to the INS/DHS office. What a freaking nightmare.

Chicagoan here and I went through the same thing. Even for something as simple as we gotmarried, we just need her info changed and to get a green card is total nightmare even when you take the proper steps.

TechieXP said,
Chicagoan here and I went through the same thing. Even for something as simple as we gotmarried, we just need her info changed and to get a green card is total nightmare even when you take the proper steps.
It's almost like they don't want you together. Now we're going through her getting her citizenship, and that is also a big PITA.

That's what really bugs me. We've been married 10 years this year, have 2 kids, and they act like we might be a fraud.

Then our government welcomes illegals with open arms. Seriously ****es me off.

Seriously, every single illegal should go through a process like this or worse.

I've heard similar stories from many other legal immigrants (all close friends or coworkers over the years) that who all took the time, effort and expense to "do it right", all of them are even more outraged over what's currently been proposed (even worse then the 2006 attempt) then this native, if that's even possible.

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Put another way, I am not amused. MS as well as most other organizations are just so full of it when it comes to this topic.

In many cases I agree with you. But if it's software engineering and software development, they might as well hire from overseas because there's still a shortage of engineers and developers here And it's not like they're really going for cheaper incomes anyways because they don't hire masses of engineers (hiring more people doesn't exactly equate with a better product). They're looking for more skilled/qualified people for the job. And not natively speaking English puts a limit to how qualified that person is anyways...

There is no shortage for the vast majority of positions. There are edge cases where that's true though it's more in academia\research and that was what the original purpose of the H1bs and similar visas was supposed to address but that's just wound up getting abused and used for just about anyone.