"These students are smart and hardworking, and they should be part of our future," he wrote. "We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it's a policy unfit for today's world."
Olds said the group that Zuckerberg has pulled together has enough influence and star power to garner attention for whatever they're working on.
"Can the techies make a difference?" he asked. "Individually and in their new group, they can certainly get their voices heard by the public and can probably get on the calendar of any elected official."
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