Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently blasted President Donald Trump’s executive orders concerning illegal immigration, particularly those targeting Mexican illegal immigrants by building a border wall. However, the tech mogul seems to have had no issues with walls when he built a 6-foot barrier around his oceanfront property in Hawaii.
Zuckerberg scooped up over 700 acres of land in Kilauea, a small coastal town on the northeastern shore of Kauai island. Shortly after the sale went through, the social media billionaire authorized the construction of an immense stone wall around the premises.
Locals were not happy: “The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense. It’s really sad that somebody would come in and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years,” longtime Kilauea resident Gy Hall told The Garden Island.
The contractors hired by Zuckerberg were quick to claim that the wall was solely meant to block highway and road noise from disturbing the estate, but residents have found that it also blocks the ocean breeze from flowing as it used to across the island.
Zuckerberg had even gone so far as to sue Native Hawaiian families living on Kauai in an attempt to expand his massive estate, but he caved into pressure and dropped the lawsuits on Friday.
With all the anger aimed at him over his Hawaiian wall, you’d think Zuckerberg would sympathize with Trump. Instead, he took to Facebook on Friday to rail against the president’s immigration reform strategy.
“Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in deportation,” the post read in part. “We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help.”
No word has surfaced as to whether Zuckerberg will offer any of his 700 acres to refugees in need of a home.