Mike Bloomberg on Immigration

Mayor of New York City (Independent)


Fix the country's broken immigration system

Bloomberg is a vocal proponent of increasing immigration, arguing that it boosts growth, job creation, and innovation. He promises to fix the country's "broken" immigration system, and he backs a comprehensive reform to strengthen border security, legalize undocumented residents, and greatly expand work visas.

He is opposed to Trump's proposals for expanding the border wall with Mexico and he criticized Trump for using a government shutdown as leverage to try to win funding for the wall.

He has condemned Trump's border policies, especially the "shameful" separation of families and the detention of children. "That is not who we are as a nation," he says.

He supports the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to undocumented residents who were brought to the country as children, and opposes Trump's attempts to end the Barack Obama-era program to halt their deportation, Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary , Dec 24, 2019

Closing the door to immigration would be national suicide

Bloomberg is the founder of New American Economy, a pro-immigration research and advocacy group. He told CFR in 2011 that closing the door to immigration would be "national suicide" because immigrants create jobs and drive innovation. He argues that undocumented immigrants are net contributors to the United States, paying more into Social Security and the tax base than they use while committing less crime compared with the national average.

He said he backs an immigration compromise that would combine better border security, which he calls "critically important," with a pathway to permanent legal status for the United States' estimated eleven million undocumented residents.

He favors allowing foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities to stay in the United States, as well as offering visas to foreign entrepreneurs. He wants to end the cap on H1B visas for high-skilled immigrants and is in favor of expanding visas for low-skill labor.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary , Dec 24, 2019

America's greatness begins with immigrants, not with a wall

Responding to President Trump's call to "choose greatness," former New York Mayor and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said "greatness begins with immigrants."

"Choosing greatness starts with understanding that," he tweeted. "And it means choosing real solutions to our broken immigration system over gimmicks like a wall."

Source: Twitter posting on 2019 State of the Union address , Feb 6, 2019

Reforming broken system is most important step for economy

More than ever before, immigration is our economic lifeblood. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, himself a wildly successful businessman, says that "reforming a broken immigration system is the single most important step the federal government could take to bolster the economy." Among the many steps we need to take to restore American economic growth and prosperity, none offers a more immediate return than improving our immigration system.
Source: Immigration Wars, by Jeb Bush, p.101 , Mar 5, 2013

Normalize status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants

Bloomberg is a supporter of immigration reform to secure the rights of illegal immigrants. He argues that deportation breaks up families and scares illegal immigrants away from cooperating with law enforcement or accessing vital social services; as such, he supports proposals like those put forth by Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain, which would normalize the status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants already present.
Source: Wikipedia.org entry, “Michael_Bloomberg” , May 2, 2007

Border controls fight natural forces of supply and demand

Bloomberg believes that border enforcement is somewhat futile. He told the Senate hearing on Immigration Legislation on 5 July 2006: “It is as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: Defeat the natural forces of supply and demand and defeat the natural human instinct for freedom and opportunity. You might as well sit on the beach and tell the tide not to come in.”
Source: Wikipedia.org entry, “Michael_Bloomberg” , May 2, 2007

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Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee)
Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

Former Mayors:
Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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