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Bloomberg: Immigration Policy Should Be Decided By States

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg participates in panel discussion on immigration at the New York Forum. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the U.S. is mortgaging its future by not allowing immigrants to work in the country.

Speaking at the New York Forum, Bloomberg said that if he had his way, immigration policy could be decided at the state level.

"There's no reason why you have to have one common immigration policy for all of America. You could let each state do it differently," he said. "In New York, we would be first in line to try to get as many immigrants from as many different parts of the world as we could."

Bloomberg blamed what he believes is an inefficient immigration policy on partisan politics in Washington and politicians who are more concerned with getting re-elected than with planning for the country's economic future.

The panel coincided with the release of a new report on immigration from the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Partnership for New York City, which echoed the mayor’s remarks that the country’s immigration policy is out of sync with its economy.

The report, titled “Not Coming to America: Why the U.S. is Falling Behind in the Global Race for Talent” advised granting visas based on the country’s economic needs, including fast-tracking applications from highly educated applicants in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

By 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of nearly 224,000 of these so-called STEM workers, according to the report.

Bloomberg said immigration reform is also hindered by wide-spread beliefs about immigrants ― like that they’re a drain on healthcare, schools and other public services ― which he said are simply not true.

“Roughly every high tech person you bring in creates two or three jobs at lower wage salaries,” he countered. “Every migrant worker you bring in creates two or three jobs at higher salaries. It’s fascinating ― from both ends, it really does help the middle.”

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senol from Turkey

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Mar. 25 2013 08:52 AM
Wakjob from Toiletville, India

Wow, NASSCOM and India, Inc. are really pulling out all the stops on the propaganda and buying off our whore pols. No wonder America is such a mess.

May. 24 2012 02:04 AM
Brian from NYC

No mention is made of the unemployed US STEM workers who graduated since 2000, unemployed 40+ STEM workers who don't get
the time of day from employers or training US citizens for jobs when there is a close but not exact aligmnent of skills.
H-1B visa holders DO NOT CREATE JOBS! According to studies by labor economists Ron Hira and Norm Matloff, these guest
workers are used almost predominantly as boots on the ground to facilitate the offshoring of jobs to India. Bloomberg
is a known globalist shill who care not one whit for unemployed American workers. Shame on WNYC for giving him and
his anti- US worker propaganda a bully pulpit.

May. 23 2012 10:16 PM
Brian from Los Angeles

25 million US citizens unemployed; 20 million illegal aliens working in our country. 1 million more pour in legally each year. 50% of college graduates can't find a job even STEM's. Illegal aliens are bankrupting California and other states. And the Elitist Bloomberg concludes even more?? He's really not a very bright man.

May. 23 2012 08:09 PM
RunningOutofRoom from Jersey City

I don't understand where Bloomberg gets his notions.

I don't believe that more or less unlimited immigration to this area is a good idea, period. But what he says about low income illegal immigrants is just crazy!

Look at this:

“Roughly every high tech person you bring in creates two or three jobs at lower wage salaries,” he countered. “Every migrant worker you bring in creates two or three jobs at higher salaries. It’s fascinating ― from both ends, it really does help the middle.”

By migrant worker I assume he means someone here illegally -- well, how do low wage illegal immigrants add two or three jobs at higher salaries? If you make $15,000 year, how can what money you are putting into the economy equal an extra $75,000 or $100,000 for 2 or 3 middle class American jobs?

Rents in Manhattan are now higher than before the recession. Rents here in Jersey City and many places in the tri-state area are skyrocketing. We know that most people are making less money, not more. I think increased demand has a lot to do with this, and it's increased demand from people from other countries.

And by the way, New York City lost a lot of middle class jobs in the last five years and so far they have not come back. The area is becoming more and more a place of extremes. That will not be good for the people living here now or in the future.

What the Mayor of New York City going to do in 20 or 30 years with another couple of million folks to put somewhere?

May. 23 2012 07:00 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

California’s legislative body, Nevada of all states should be required to use E-Verify? Not voluntary but all mandated? The Legal Workforce Act will usher in a new period of restrictive practices of business owners, using labor with stolen Social Security numbers and other ID. It should be the business of ICE to enforce E-Verify, so American jobs go to U.S. workers who have that legal right. Businesses that don’t play by rules, should be heavily fined, assets seized and in some severe cases, go to jail? Those who haven’t heard of the ‘Birthright citizenship Act’ should tell their elected officials from blocking this law from reaching the house chambers. The ‘Birthright citizenship Act’ laws when enacted stop around 400.000 illegal alien mothers gaining citizenship for their smuggled fetus into the United States. That citizenship for a baby will only be apparent, when one of either parent is a U.S. citizen?

Brown stated huge cuts can be anticipated in schools through K-12, when the schools are crammed with the children of illegal aliens, then so be it; you cannot get blood from a stone anymore? No more taxes, no more money to encourage any longer illegal immigrants. It is simply rewarding the parents’ in law-breaking and just encourages more to cross borders of fly in by international flight. The federal government has failed to secure the U.S. borders and it’s become too costly to provide schooling, hospital care, low cost housing and other public services to non-citizens. So far only Arizona has had the backbone to fight back, with Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah closing the ranks. No more taxes for Jerry Brown’s state government specifically for illegal alien support. Join a local TEA PARTY and throw out all the politicians that are giving our country away.

May. 23 2012 04:13 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

Arizona was one of the states that have drawn the line in the sand, when all they want to do is protect the legal population. But are forced by law to educate, treat illegal alien families for the common cold to dialysis for free. Do we personally have to feed, house and medicate every person who knocks on America’s door, when we can hardly feed our own? In Sacramento, California has been indulging these people with welfare programs, in the midst of Obama's government giving out food stamps? The Sanctuary state is under a terrible strain. In just Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich website published that illegal immigration costs were $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, a total cost to County taxpayers that exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year and that doesn't include the billions more in education for their children.

GO TO FAIR WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW MUCH MONEY FROM THE PUBLIC COFFERS IN YOUR STATE IS SPENT ON “FOOTHOLD” BABIES AND THEIR PARENTS? IT’S THE DOLLAR FIGURE THE DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF?

These billions are being spent to subsidize the lives of families who sneak their children into America, as these people are aware that the majority Democratic states will support them. Governor Jerry Brown, a ‘Tax and Spend’ liberal is once again pleading for more tax revenue, to pay for everything including the largest population of illegal aliens in the country. California should put an end to the states incessant need for more money to balance their $16 Billion dollar deficit. California the embodiment of Sanctuary States is withering under the constant bombardment of foreigners with their palms outstretched and with so much on the line for people; they have nothing really to lose by fraudulently voting in the upcoming elections. Democrats don’t care and even stealthily approving of this illegal act. ILLEGAL ALIENS, NON-CITIZENS, FELONS AND A MIXTURE OF ILLEGAL VOTERS ARE VOTING IN OUR ELECTIONS. THIS IS WHY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DOESN’T WANT TO CHANGE THE CURRENT ELECTORAL LAWS? IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EVERY STATE IMPLEMENTS NEW RULES, THAT EVERY PERSON HEADING TO THE VOTING STATION POSSESS A GOVERNMENTAL PICTURE ID.

May. 23 2012 04:11 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

New York governor Bloomberg yesterday suggested that the Obama administration import my workers, but not just the echelon of the most favored occupation, but less skilled that we don’t need. Bring in the top of the cream with the highest credentials and qualifications, but not the millions covertly annually amount of visas as so called skilled contenders for jobs. Partisan Senators have drafted to bringing more STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S. What the politicians and pressure groups have failed to inform is that there are qualified, U.S. workers out there to fill these jobs. Within the United States Colleges and Universities are graduating many young people in the past week with degrees and no employment offers in sight. It’s time American voters turned up the heat on politicians, specifically where job visas are concerned. When thousands are seeking work, shouldn’t American labor be a priority. It certainly will be given heightened attention under the growing numbers of TEA PARTY leadership, which are taking the reins of power in the Senate and House.

California is sinking fast under the mushrooming impact of illegal immigration, as more these people pour into this state. How can other states that are hurting badly as Michigan, even believe this brainless argument from Mike Bloomberg, whilst the whole country is overrun with cheap labor, with the majority is soaking the welfare programs? In Michigan uncompensated costs for Illegal Aliens (2009) reported by The Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) identifies at least $928,677,050. This should be a genuine concern throughout every state, excluding states controlled by Democrats with Liberal backing. In the opposite measure thousands of property owners are leaving the Golden State, now tarnished by a gross overload of foreign invaders. Many states are unable to comply with the strain of court ordered unfunded mandates, when taxpayers are hardly able to feed their offspring,

Arizona was one of the states that have drawn the line in the sand, when all they want to do is protect the legal population. But are forced by law to educate, treat illegal alien families for the common cold to dialysis for free. Do we personally have to feed, house and medicate every person who knocks on America’s door, when we can hardly feed our own? In Sacramento, California has been indulging these people with welfare programs, in the midst of Obama's government giving out food stamps? The Sanctuary state is under a terrible strain. In just Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich website published that illegal immigration costs were $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, a total cost to County taxpayers that exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year and that doesn't include the billions more in education for their children.

May. 23 2012 04:09 PM

Looks like Bloomberg is in support of an immigration policy more radical than Arizona's. Of course, under the original Constitution, he would have to buy the passage of a Constitutional Amendment to grant that authority.
Nowadays it could probably be done with a judicious campaign contribution and a presidential executive order.

May. 23 2012 12:48 PM

"Bloomberg blamed what he believes is an inefficient immigration policy on partisan politics in Washington and politicians who are more concerned with getting re-elected than with planning for the country's economic future."

Anyone planning for the country's economic future would be fighting for a return to the policies that were in place when we built the biggest most prosperous economy in the world. Immigration laws were passed to protect American workers from the unfair wage competition with the illegal aliens.  The Democratic Party spent 50 years fighting to protect workers from the insatiable greed of employers. That is when we built this great economy. The Democratic Party has spent the last 30 years in lock step with the Republican Party helping business use illegal immigration, free trade, and deregulation to drive down wages and destroy BENEFITS  for American workers.  That is all that is wrong with our economy.  They have destroyed the exceptional demand that was provided by a well paid work force.  Contrary to what the Gipper preached, supply is worthless without demand.  The greatest innovators and entrepreneurs and producers are all abject failures without customers who have money to spend.

May. 22 2012 03:21 PM

Bloomberg is simply preaching a variation of the Chamber of Commerce's policy on immigration. They want to privatize it. Turn complete control of immigration over to corporations, who will import as much foreign labor as they want, pay them less than Americans earn, then deport them if they stand up for their own rights. The goal is to finish leveling American workers down to the same status as third world workers: poor, desperate, and obedient.

May. 22 2012 11:45 AM

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