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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to host DREAMer Hackathon for undocumented immigrants

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Its a hackathon -- for Dreamers.  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is hoping to raise awareness by promoting an event with young children who came here to the United States illegally as children.

And a Dreamer from right here in Arizona will be at the event starting Wednesday.

Zuckerberg is using social media to talk about a national issues.

"It's exciting that they want to organize something like this," said Celso Mireles, who is one Arizona man among 20 others at the center of an immigration reform effort.

This Arizona Dreamer will come together with other like-minded young illegal immigrants to talk with social media leaders about reform.

"I think there are some common themes about ideas we've all sort of started discussing in anticipation of this hackathon, so I'm really excited on how we can really create something to move this work forward," he said.

Mireles will attend the hackathon with some of the most innovative design and engineer experts in social media.

Hosted by Zuckerberg at LinkedIn's headquarters in California, Mireles is looking forward to the event.

"I think that technology has that capability of taking our story to where it hasn't been before.  As dreamers, I think we've kind of lead the way in terms of sharing our stories and having our stories be heard, but I think that with the help of technology and great minds like other dreamers and people like Mark Zuckerberg and other CEOs, we can definitely leverage technology," he said.

The event starts Nov. 20th and lasts two days.  The hope is that the effects will last much longer.

Zuckerberg visited Washington, D.C. where he met with our nation's leaders about immigration reform.

Online: http://www.fwd.us/hackathon

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