Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is known for, well, being the founder of Facebook. But the young tech whiz is also a vocal advocate for immigration reform.
On Wednesday, taking his championing of the issue one step further, Mark Zuckerberg donated $5 million for undocumented immigrant scholarships to help them attend college.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made the donation together to the fund, called TheDream.US, to create college scholarship programs for young undocumented immigrants. He wrote:
America was founded as a nation of immigrants. We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation, and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential. If we help more young immigrants climb the ladder to new opportunities, then our country will make greater progress.
According to his Facebook post, the money will go towards helping more than 400 undocumented immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next five years. TheDream.US is a national scholarship program founded by Donald Graham, former publisher of the Washington Post; Henry Munoz, finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and activist Gaby Pacheco. Graham is also on Facebook's board of directors.
This isn't Zuckerberg's first foray into the issue of undocumented immigration. He co-founded the lobbying group FWD.US with other tech leaders, including Bill Gates. One of its chief objectives is to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
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