By Brendan Sasso and Kate Tummarello
September 19, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with GOP House leaders on Thursday, urging them to enact immigration reform legislation.
Zuckerberg made his case to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and others. He met with House Democratic leaders in a separate meeting.
Increasing the number of high-skilled immigrants is a top priority for Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies, who argue that current immigration limits are harming their competitiveness.
Zuckerberg has launched his own political group, FWD.us, to advocate for immigration legislation. The House plans to take up immigration legislation in several pieces, but the issue has been overshadowed recently by the conflict in Syria and battles over the debt.
In a meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Zuckerberg discussed immigration as well as Leahy's bill to require police to obtain a warrant to access private online content.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) pressed Zuckerberg over the company's privacy polices.
Although the meetings might not bridge the differences over immigration legislation, the trip could help Zuckerberg build relationships that could prove valuable the next time Facebook finds itself in congressional crosshairs.
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