Mark Zuckerberg Urges Caution over Trump’s Executive Orders, Talks about “Keeping Doors Open”

31 Jan

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

President Trump’s recent executive orders, in which he made some significant changes to how the US deals with unauthorized immigrants, along with setting the wheels in motion for a wall along the US-Mexico border have managed to draw comment from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a post on the social media platform he founded, Zuckerberg advised caution and talked about “Keeping doors open”.

In a bunch of executives orders that US President Donald Trump signed recently, he cracked down upon illegal immigrants and the cities that protect them, He also set the wheels for building a wall on the Mexico border into motion.

The measures, which were sanctioned by the president on Wednesday, include the following:

  • Building a 1,000 mile long wall on the US Mexico border.
  • Restricting federal funding to the so called “Sanctuary Cities”.
  • Giving sweeping powers to the federal officers when dealing with unauthorized immigrants who have committed criminal offenses.

The new orders are being looked at as highly anti-immigrant and have attracted comment from several important people — among them, Zuckerberg.

Speaking about the move, Zuckerberg said:

We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.

He also went on to add that the US should keep its doors open to refugees and those who need help. He also went on to say that he was glad that the US president was looking into ways to help immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents. The US currently has around 750,000 of these immigrants who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which lets them to live and work legally in the US.

I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I’ll be working with our team at to find ways we can help.

Well, Zuckerberg’s statements are important. Not merely because of the fact that he is the Founder and CEO of the most powerful social media network on the planet, but also because they are able to reach a huge audience.

Many pundits have been looking at these statements as a further sign of ripening political ambitions on Zuckerberg’s part. Others meanwhile, have been dismissing speculations and terming them as “concerns of a citizen’. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg is known for speaking out on issues that he thinks are important and as such, today’s statements weren’t something entirely out of the blue.

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