Mark Zuckerberg goes head-to-head with Facebook users over immigration

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images.

When it comes to immigration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and many of the users of his company’s social network clearly don’t see eye-to-eye — not that he didn’t try to persuade them to his point of view.

On Thursday evening, Zuckerberg posted a statement on Facebook voicing his support for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Numerous Facebook users responded to the post, criticising his stance or expressing anti-immigrant or anti-immigration views. 

Surprisingly, Zuckerberg stuck around to debate the issue, offering reasoned responses to even comments that verged on trolling. A Facebook representative confirmed that Zuckerberg himself posted the comments. 

Of course, one would presume that he does have some time on his hand to engage in online arguments. He’s out on paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter, August.

President Trump reportedly is considering ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that protects Dreamers from being deported, as soon as Friday. Zuckerberg is one of several tech executives who have stood up for the Dreamers and in opposition to Trump’s reported plan.

On Thursday night, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted a statement and a group of tech executives that includes Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published an open joint letter calling on the president to maintain the DACA program.  

You can see Zuckerberg’s statement and comments below. 

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