FWD.us: Bridging Talents?

There’s a new group in town – FWD.us, or Forward U.S.. In case you missed it, this movement was founded by a number of today’s tech luminaries, among them: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman.


One day while Zuckerberg was teaching in middle school, he came across a promising student who may not be able to go to college for being an undocumented immigrant who’s born in Mexico – such, ran in the ideals of FWD.us.

The Agendas.

From effective border security to having a path to citizenship for the most talented and hardworking people wherever they may have been born. From upgrading school standards to focusing on STEM (science, technology, English, technology). And from investing in breakthrough discoveries in scientific research to assuring that invention benefits belong to the public and not just to a few.

The Contentions.

For FWD.us: Why send away the smart people the U.S. has trained? And that the current limit of H-1B visas are not enough.

For Immigration analysts: That the top 10 firms applying for H-1B visas are outsourcing companies, thus, granting more visas is not the answer. Daniel Costa puts it something like this – the demand is not for skilled labor but for cheaper workers. That these people are just in the U.S. to learn the job then would go back home to do it.

As for Senator Chuck Grassley, he wants a program that’s “never meant to replace American workers but to fill gaps in highly specialized areas of employment; however, Americans should get every consideration before an employer looks to hire from abroad”.

The Conclusion.

Though the proposals are good, consider Senator Grassley’s statement first.

On the other hand, it’d be a bit hard to truly believe in the sincerity and intentions of FWD.us. Why? The founders are composed mainly of tech leaders and entrepreneurs that would, naturally, be encouraging technology and lobbying for such people – obviously for their benefit. If this is the case, many may only praise the group but just to find favor. And while some founders may want to enhance their image with this advocacy, in actuality, it’s not so good for the rep – unless they really Act, more than talk.

Look. If you really recognize talent, regardless of the industry, don’t simply ask for a Bio – send him a job offer. Pay according to company and industry standards, locality should not significantly affect it. And don’t worry about his immigration status, or whether one’s already in the U.S. or not – take care of his visa, train and hire. Unless you’re violating rules, don’t wait for the bill. As the saying goes, “there’s always room for a good man”.

What’s your take?