Despite President Donald Trump doing everything in his power to stack his cabinet with the wealthiest Americans he could find, one fellow billionaire doesn’t seem to agree with his stance on immigration.
On Friday, exactly one week after he was sworn in as president, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against our orange-skinned commander-in-chief.
Following Trump’s signing of an executive order to establish “new vetting measures” for refugees entering the United States, Zuckerberg took to well, of course, Facebook, to condemn Trump for his deplorable actions.
‘My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that. Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,’ Zuckerberg begins.
He continues, writing:
‘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.’
Zuckerberg refrained from endorsing either Trump or Clinton for president during the 2016 election cycle. In fact, he remained publicly neutral and largely left the public in the dark in regards to in his political leanings. However, we may be hearing more from the Facebook founder in the near future, as rumors about a possible 2020 presidential run have already begun swirling.
But Zuckerberg maintains that the United States must keep its “doors open to refugees,” pointing out the fact that his very own wife came to this country as an immigrant:
‘We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.’
You can read his full post below, via Facebook:
Zuckerberg isn’t the only person from the Facebook team to speak out against Trump, however.
On Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shared an article from The New York Times explaining the implications of Trump’s policy banning U.S. aid to global health programs offering abortion counselling.
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