You may remember that Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, admitted that he was an undocumented immigrant back in 2011. Since then, he has become a champion of the immigration reform movement and, more recently, tried his hand at directing. His film, “Documented,” premiered last month. It takes an intimate look into Vargas’ life leading up to the 2011 reveal. The documentary is incredibly personal and was compelling enough to make waves in the media.


The new documentary is not the only thing that has got people talking about Vargas again. He also recently partnered with a new, surprising immigration reform supporter. According to the Denver Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a very public show of support for Vargas and the reform movement in front of a high-profile crowd that included Nancy Pelosi.

Whereas Vargas’ support for the movement is deeply personal, Zuckerberg’s has proven to be more analytical. He took the position that immigration laws should be reformed, because it is morally right to do. He also made comments from a business perspective, saying that the United States is missing out on a global pool of talent.

Many have speculated that Zuckerberg’s support springs from Facebook’s need for foreign engineers. Facebook certainly employs many foreign workers who work in Silicone Valley on non-immigrant employment visas, but Zuckerberg insists that he truly believes in the cause, saying, “This is something we believe is really important for the future of our country.”

Both Vargas and Zuckerberg are taking creative approaches to influence policy makers. Vargas has been touring the country, giving speeches in conservative communities that are resistant to the idea of immigration reform. Similarly, Zuckerberg has been focusing on supporting Republican lawmakers who support reform, hoping to influence others in the party.

As the debate on immigration reform continues, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that many people are working through the system as it is set-up now. They may not have the luxury of waiting for reform, and they deserve help as well.

At the O’Brien Law Group, we are here to help. We can help employers adhere to I-9 regulations and help employees obtain non-immigrant employment visas. We also aid people who are trying to navigate through other areas of immigration law, such as naturalization, deportation and asylum. If you or a loved one needs assistance in any of those areas, call us at 502-400-7890.


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