Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against Donald Trump's Immigration Plans: 'Instead of Building Walls, We Can Help Build Bridges'
Although the Facebook CEO did not mention the Republican presidential candidate by name, Zuckerberg, 31, did express his dislike regarding Trump’s immigration plans during the social network’s annual F8 developer’s conference in San Francisco, California on Tuesday.
“As I look around and as I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others,” Zuckerberg said in his keynote address.
“For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet. Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges,” the father of one continued, adding, “Instead of dividing people, we can connect people.”
In November, during the fourth major GOP debate, Trump vowed that, if elected president, he’d deport 11 million undocumented immigrants by building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and banning Muslim immigration into the U.S.
Zuckerberg, who cares deeply about “bringing people together,” took to his personal Facebook page to comment further on his F8 speech.
“This speech was personally important to me and I spent a lot of time writing it,” he shared. “It’s about why connecting the world is more important now than ever. It’s about having the courage to choose hope over fear. This isn’t about any one person or country. It’s a worldview about connecting all people and nations.”