Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, is a strong supporter of increasing opportunities for immigration.
The Mayor says tight restrictions on immigration and mass deportations are a form of “national suicide.”
He also said, “If we are going to create jobs in this country, we have to have immigrants. We are going to need immigrants to start new businesses. We are going to need immigrants to do the things that Americans just are not willing to do. We are going to have to have immigrants to give us new ideas and tell us what is going on elsewhere.”
The Mayor wants to:
- Give green cards to foreigners earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Increase the number of visas based on economic hardship
- Create a special visa for entrepreneurs.
- Improve the guest-worker program for seasonal and labor-intensive industries.
Mr. Bloomberg went to the headquarters of Mr. Obama in Chicago and met with William Daley the former chief of staff to Mr. Obama.
In Boston the Mayor met with Rupert Murdoch, chief of the News Corporation. Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Bloomberg formed the Partnership for a New American Economy. The group supports immigration changes for economic reasons.
The Mayor wants President Obama and Governor Romney to pay more attention to immigration.
The President started a deferral program for children from undocumented families. Successful applicants may study in the US for two years. Mr. Romney is not sure about the program. He might end it if elected.