Facebook funding Utah TV ad promoting immigration reform

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A new TV ad meant to grab your attention on a politically controversial issue is hitting the airways here in Utah. The subject is immigration and it's paid for by Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A new TV ad meant to grab your attention on a politically controversial issue is hitting the airways here in Utah. The subject is immigration and it's paid for by Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg.

If you hop onto Facebook you may not see anything from Mark Zuckerberg that tells you to vote a certain way on immigration, but his new organization FWD.us is behind the political group Americans for a Conservative Direction, and it’s putting out the new TV ad that's making a hard sell for immigration reform.

"Anyone who thinks that what we have now on immigration is not a problem is fooling themselves. What we have in place today is de facto amnesty," said Sen. Marco Rubio, (R) Florida.

If you haven't seen this TV ad already, you will.

"The toughest enforcement measures in the history of the United States," said a voice in the ad.

It's a pitch by conservatives on immigration reform. It begins airing this week in only six states, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Iowa, Kentucky, and Utah.

The point is to build support for a bipartisan immigration bill in conservative states where senators have a key vote. That includes Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

According to reports, the legislation would give illegal immigrants already here a path to citizenship but crack down on border security.

"This legislation will build on those gains, strengthening both our overall security posture and border security," said Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday night ABC 4 reached out to Senator Hatch to see what he thinks of the bill, he sent ABC 4 this statement:

“Immigration is a problem that must be solved, but it has to be solved in the right way. I’ve put forward legislation to address our high skilled immigration crisis and worked on a bipartisan solution to our nation’s agricultural labor shortage. The legislation that the judiciary committee will soon consider, by the gang of 8, is long and has far reaching consequences that I'm examining. There are areas that I believe need to be addressed and strengthen, and that's what I'll be working to do," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R) Utah.

So if you see the ad and you have an opinion on immigration, you may want to tell Senator Hatch before he casts his vote.

You may be asking yourself - Why does Facebook care about immigration? According to reports, the Silicon Valley is heavily dependant on foreign labor. According the Salt Lake Tribune, Zuckerberg wants to attract talent from oversees.

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