Facebook founder tackles immigration (with possible child custody implications)

Immigration reform could change many things, including the way child custody cases are handled when they involve an immigrant mother or father. Abby Simmons reports that one state court (not Maryland) recently ruled that a mother’s status as an undocumented immigrant doesn’t mean she loses custody of her daughter. This is just one custody case in one state, but immigration reform could push similar types of decisions in the courts on a broader level.

One big name behind immigration reform is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who recently started a political advocacy organization with a mission to push reform in immigration, education, and scientific research. The organization, called Forward U.S., boasts members and contributors from Google, Yahoo!, Netflix, and Dropbox, among other well-known tech companies.

Michael Falcone with ABC News gives us a quote:

“We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants,” the 28-year-old Zuckerberg said. “And it’s a policy unfit for today’s world.”

It seems that lawmakers are getting the message. In D.C., lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would pave the way to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.