Bloomberg Urges Conservatives To Accept Immigration; Repeats Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform
April 25, 2011 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged conservatives to accept immigration as necessary for economic growth, during an interview with Fox on Sunday.
“They came here, they broke the law, and, let me tell you, this country encourgaed them to come here and made sure that we didn’t stop them,” Bloomberg said. “What are you going to do going forward? You can’t deport them.” The New York mayor spoke in support of enacting a pathway to citizenship, saying it would contribute to U.S. economic growth.
Bloomberg is working on a nationwide campaign to support immigration reform.
The billionaire businessman-politician made the comments just days after meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the possibility of developing bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform. Obama says he remains committed to immigration reform, despite the controversy surrounding the issue.
Bloomberg did not speak with reporters after the meeting on April 19, but his policy adviser John Feinblatt said “it was a good discussion,” adding “we need an immigration policy that attracts the best, brightest and hardest-working to our shores to help create jobs and spur growth.”
At least one major conservative appears to moderating his stance on immigration — though without any apparent connection to Bloomberg’s comments. Newt Gingrich, an advocate of tough immigration enforcement, has been taking Spanish lessons and reaching out to the Hispanic community. Though he does not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he proposes a reform that would allow legal residence.
While Bloomberg maintains a positive attitude toward immigration, he also favors taking actions to stem the flow of illegal immigration. He said earlier this week that he supports putting fingerprints on social security cards in order to make it harder for undocumented immigrants to get work.
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