New York Mayor Says Deporting Illegals Will Devastate Economy
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined forces on Thursday with Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. and CEOs from Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, and Disney along with other big-city mayors in a coalition supporting amnesty and citizenship for undocumented workers.
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According to the Washington Times, the coaltion "seeks to reframe immigration reform as the solution to repairing and stimulating the economy". Calling itself the Partnership for a New American Economy, the coalition wants more immigrants to come to America, less restrictions placed on the issuance of green cards, and a path to American citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants that are already here.
The billionaire mayor, a former CEO of the financial information company Bloomberg LP, also said at the time that all 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States should be given the opportunity for citizenship, saying that deporting them is impossible and would devastate the economy.Lawmakers who wanted to deport all illegal immigrants were "living in a fantasy world," he said.
Mayor Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp., appeared together Thursday on Fox News network to discuss the effort:
Calling the present restrictions on immigration "national suicide", Bloomberg said, "This country needs a supply of immigrants to keep the Americans who are here today working. It's not the reverse." The mayor went on to say that studies of immigrants conducted in New York indicated that they have a low crime rate, pay taxes, and "don't use the hospitals and schools".
Murdoch spoke about the immigration issues facing those in Arizona and other border states. He acknowledged that the cultures in those areas have changed dramatically throughout the past few years and that many areas are now 50 percent Spanish-speaking.
"People feel that their culture is being changed . . . they feel upset by it, said Murdoch. "but we just have to adjust." Murdoch's plan is "to keep the pressure on the congressmen . . . show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them."
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said, that immigrants are "our great strength as a nation, and it's also critical for continued economic growth."
The coalition will publish studies, conduct polls, and host forums, in order to educate the American public on the benefits that illegal immigrants and undocumented workers provide to the U.S. economy.
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