The pro-migration cooperation was displayed on October 7 as the group allocated time during its virtual annual conference for one of Zuckerberg’s lobbyists to tout amnesty with far-left Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO).
“It’s a commitment that I feel like binds your work and my work together, that we are committed to seeing relief for families, for immigrant communities who have suffered for far too long without any real solution,” stated Marissa Molina, the state director for FWD.us, an advocacy group for Zuckerberg and other West Coast investors.
In response, Neguse lamented the growing unpopularity of the pro-migration goals shared by Zuckerberg’s group and some progressives:
There was a time not that long ago, 15 years ago, 10 years ago, where there was general consensus about the principles that would undergird a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the United States Congress … What we’re really in need of is political will. And that’s it. I mean it.
The reality is what has changed from 2006 when Senator [Ted] Kennedy and Senator [John] McCain worked on their immigration bill with President [George W.] Bush, to 2013 when the Gang of Eight worked on their bill with President [Barack] Obama … [is that] the general contours were very clear. What has changed from then to today is we now unfortunately have political figures that use immigration to demonize and dehumanize, and I think, to create a political issue in order to win an election … absent political will, it’s tough to see a pathway to getting it done.
Neguse is the child of immigrants and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has quietly split over immigration policy. In response to Neguse’s comments, the investor lobbyist, Molina, called on the progressives to help her employers:
We don’t just need bold action from Congress. We need bold action from everyone who is joining us and who is part of that Netroots Nation. We need to make sure that folks are engaged, that we continue to ask our representatives to deliver on these solutions, because the time to do so is now.
Molina’s boss, Alida Garcia at FWD.us, tweeted the conversation, exclaiming “So proud of @MarisaMo!”
In 2004, Netroots Nation started off as a reaction against President George W. Bush. But Bush is now working alongside the Koch network, Netroots Nation, and Zuckerberg’s group to push for cheap labor and more migration.
The 2021 conference was sponsored by Facebook, Google’s YouTube, plus the FWD-funded I Stand With Immigrants Initiative.
Molina is an experienced lobbyist for the FWD.us investors. In 2021, for example, she worked with Garcia to persuade Colorado’s Democratic establishment to let illegal migrants take blue-collar jobs that require professional licenses. The wage-cutting law passed while one in sixteen Colorado residents were unemployed.
Zuckerberg’s lobbyists have successfully passed similar laws in many additional states, with only ineffective opposition from once-powerful unions.