Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told ABC's This Week he believes comprehensive immigration reform is "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time."
During an interview Sunday, the 29-year-old billionaire said Congress must move forward with reform, including DREAM Act provisions, and correct a social injustice.
"When you meet these children who are really talented, and they've grown up in America and they really don't know any other country besides that, but they don't have the opportunities," Zuckerberg said. "It's really heartbreaking - right? That seems like it's one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time."
Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley business leaders started the group FWD.us to push the government toward reform that includes more visas for highly skilled immigrants with advanced the degrees, especially in math and science. FWD.us supports the path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and the DREAM Act, as well as improving border security.
Last week, Zuckerberg assembled a group of unauthorized immigrants for a "hackathon" that called on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
He said in the ABC interview that too many Americans just don't understand why 11 million immigrants are living in the country illegally.
"A lot of them came here because they just want to work," he said "They want to help out their families and they want to contribute."
Rock legend Tina Turner is giving up her U.S. citizenship, according to the U.S. State Department.
Turner, 74, who has lived in Europe for decades, announced her intention to become a Swiss citizen at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Earlier this year, she married her longtime boyfriend, German music producer Erwin Bach.
At the embassy in Bern, Turner submitted a "Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship," a provision of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, Section 349, that deals with renouncement.
Relinquishing U.S. citizenship is a less formal approach to renouncing it, but just as consequential. The U.S. government takes citizenship renouncement very seriously and under U.S. law it is virtually irreversible.
Turner has said she has no plans to return or live in the United States.
A number of Hollywood celebrities have given up their U.S. citizenship over the years for political reasons, or to avoid U.S. taxes. The State Department reports that renouncements have risen dramatically in recent years as wealthy people have left the country to dodge their tax bills.
Congress is considering new penalties for those who renounce their citizenship to avoid paying taxes.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Veterans Day by naturalizing more than 8,000 new American citizens between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13.
In all, more than 120 naturalization ceremonies will be held across the country, from New York City to Sacramento, Calif., and on Guam, too. Many of new citizens are serving in the U.S. military or are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since 2002, USCIS has naturalized more than 92,000 U.S. military members, including about 11,000 who became citizens while serving overseas.
USCIS is using social media to follow the week of naturalizations. The government wants you to share your ceremony experiences and photos via Twitter, using the hashtag #newUScitizen. You can follow the ceremonies at @USCIS on Twitter and Facebook.com/USCIS.
Deportations in the Obama administration have fallen to the lowest level since the president took office and are poised to hit the government's lowest level since 2007, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
About 364,700 unauthorized immigrants were deported during the 2013 fiscal year, down 11% from the roughly 410,000 that the government deported in 2012.
The CIS obtained internal numbers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and says the decline in deportations comes because the administration has changed its policy about what immigrants the government should remove.
President Obama's deferred action program, the DREAM Act alternative for childhood arrivals, has enabled many young unauthorized immigrants to remain in the country legally. Also, more than a year ago, the administration announced it was shifting enforcement efforts to make unauthorized immigrants with felony records and those with violent offenses the priority.
Immigrant advocates have argued that the Obama administration is still deporting too many immigrants and should pull back until Congress acts and passes comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
The CIS has argued that the administration hasn't done enough to stop illegal immigration and should continue to deport as many unauthorized immigrants as it can.
President Obama has selected Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as his replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Johnson has a distinguished record as a federal prosecutor and military legal expert who helped make the government's case for ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that kept gays in the closet.
But one thing that Johnson doesn't have is a record on immigration.
Since a DHS secretary must deal with border security, enforcement and distribution of immigration benefits, this could turn out to be a big deal.
Some members of Congress, Republicans naturally, are complaining that Johnson's inexperience with immigration issues makes him unqualified to run DHS. Some GOP lawmakers are accusing the president of selecting a longtime political supporter instead of a qualified candidate.
Napolitano, after all, came to DHS after serving as governor of Arizona, a border state that is on the front lines of the U.S. immigration debate.
All this makes his confirmation hearings intriguing and potentially contentious. Still, the president believes he can get Johnson confirmed and get Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year.
Now that the government shutdown has ended, President Obama says he wants to push Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform.
"We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system," Obama said.
"Let's start the negotiations. But let's not leave this problem to keep festering for another year, or two years, or three years. This can and should get done by the end of this year."
The U.S. Senate passed a historic comprehensive reform bill in June with a strong bipartisan majority.
The legislation allowed a path to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States and called for increased security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.
But the Senate bill went nowhere in the Republican-led House. Now Obama, in an interview with Unavision network, says House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, needs to bring the comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor for a vote.
"We had a very strong Democratic and Republican vote in the Senate," Obama told the Spanish-language network. "The only thing right now that's holding it back is again, Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives...If I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I'm going to do so."
California moved forward this month with one of the most progressive immigration reform agendas in the nation, enacting new laws that include allowing unauthorized immigrants driver's licenses and restricting local law enforcement's powers of detainment.
Under a new law, local police are prohibited from detaining unauthorized immigrants suspected of minor crimes for long periods so that federal authorities can arrest them on immigration violations.
California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the new laws, known as the Trust Act, saying, "While Washington waffles on immigration, California is forging ahead."
The law is a repudiation of the federal Secure Communities program that critics say was supposed to focus on deporting immigrants with criminal records but has instead led to the deportations of landscapers and nannies with no criminal offenses.
Another new law prohibited business owners from harassing employees by threatening to report their immigration status to authorities. Other laws put restrictions on service providers who assist immigrants in gaining legal status.
Allowing unauthorized immigrants driver's licenses will promote safety and comprehensive immigration reform, Brown said.
"This is only the first step," the governor said. "When a million people without their documents drive legally and with respect in the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice. No longer are undocumented people in the shadows."
A prolonged federal government shutdown could start to slow down processing of visas and passports but should have little effect on other immigration services and enforcement efforts -- including the so-called "green card lottery" for 2015.
The U.S. State Department processes visas, and because of furloughs to employees in some federal buildings, it may take longer for the government to get visa applications approved and released to foreign visitors.
Because visa applications are paid for by the fees of applicants, the process can go on without needing congressional budget approval. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is close to 100% self-funded, so the agency can take care of business even when much of the rest of the federal government is shut down.
Online registration for the Diversity Visa 2015 Program, the green card lottery, began on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The entry period will end on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time. Only a prolonged shutdown would have a meaningful impact on the diversity visa lottery program.
The State Department's 2015 Diversity Visa website is up and running despite the problems in Washington.
In 1995, Congress approved the diversity visa program to permit more immigrants to get green cards and enter the United States from countries that are considered under-represented in the U.S. population. The latest versions of the comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress eliminate diversity visas in favor of more selective programs that admit high-skilled immigrants.
The Department of Homeland Security will have its essential services up an running throughout the shutdown. Those include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with its Border Patrol agents.
The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, begins a period of open enrollment on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and immigrants will have to comply with the new law.
Immigrants with legal status -- green card-holders, asylees, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) -- are required to have health insurance coverage just like U.S. citizens.
For immigrants without legal status, nothing changes. Obamacare has nothing to offer unauthorized immigrants other than the status quo. Hospitals are still required to provide emergency room care to anyone who comes through their doors, regardless of immigration status, race or ethnicity.
Immigrants who have lived in the United States legally for at least five years and meet income requirements may be eligible to get Medicaid health coverage.
Are there penalties for immigrants who qualify to participate in the new system but don't? Yes, immigrants are subject to fines, just like U.S. citizens.
The answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Obamacare, including how to enroll for coverage, are just a few clicks away.
President Obama says he will not expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include other groups of immigrants.
In an interview last week with Spanish-language television network Telemundo, Obama said he believes that an expansion of DACA would create legal problems.
"If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally," the president said. "So that's not an option."
Obama began the program with an executive order in 2012 as an alternative to DREAM Act legislation that has stalled in Congress. DACA gives young unauthorized immigrants who entered the country illegally as children the chance to stay and work or study here without fear of deportation.
Analysis of the first year of the program in August found that more than 500,000 young immigrants had applied for participation. Most had come from Mexico and had lived in the United States for more than 10 years.
Studies have shown that DREAM Act immigrants could help boost the U.S. economy if they were allowed to work here legally.