Sen. Marco Rubio and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet Wednesday at the Facebook headquarters to discuss the immigration system.
Rubio is currently fundraising in California this week for his political action committee Reclaim America, in addition to his reelection committee.
The congressman’s renewed interest in immigration reform is surprising, considering his support among GOP voters has declined since the bill’s debut. Instead, he has focused on building grassroots support for a GOP plan to shut down the government until Obamacare is defunded.
Zuckerberg became a proponent of immigration reform after volunteering with students at a Menlo Park school, some of which were afraid their status as undocumented immigrants would prevent them from attending college.
“No matter where they were born,” Zuckerberg said, “[these students] are going to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and people creating jobs in this country.”
The 29-year-old billionaire has worked to convince Republicans into passing the immigration reform bill, funding a television ad produced by Americans for a Conservative Direction that called the bill the “toughest enforcement measure in the history of the United States”.
The ad ran in six right-wing states in with large Hispanic populations.
Zuckerberg has also encouraged technology leaders to support the bill, which he believes will build the “knowledge economy” of the United States, leading to innovation and investment.
Zuckerberg also founded FWD.us, a political advocacy group dedicated to immigration reform and focused on border security, a path to citizenship and attracting talented workers.
While the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed in the Senate, it has limited success in the Republican-controlled House.