Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was one of the biggest donors on the list. - 

Silicon Valley’s newest project? Overhaul American immigration law. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other big-name tech companies, like LinkedIn, Groupon, and Dropbox, are launching the DREAMers Hackathon in November. The event is meant to introduce illegal immigrants to technology and help them push for policy change.

“I think their message will resonate much more because it’s more inclusive,” says Stephen Keppel, who covers economics for Univision.

Keppel says that immigrants make up a large portion of Silicon Valley, and bring fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit. He added that such programs are also great marketing for the tech brands.

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