Bloomberg to Push Immigration Reform in Chicago, Boston
Monday, August 13, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to Boston and Chicago this week to push immigration reform in the cities where the presidential campaigns are based.
The mayor said that his goal, in part, was to remind President Barack Obama and GOP presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney of the policies they once supported.
"Remember, both of these candidates had positions on immigration, guns, health care and that sort of thing before they became presidential candidates," Bloomberg said. "And I personally would like to draw a connection about what they said before and why is it different now."
Bloomberg is a long-time supporter of new visas for entrepreneurs who are ready to invest capital in the U.S. and create jobs. He also supports more temporary and permanent visas for high skilled workers, and of guest worker programs for agriculture and other sectors. He's been particularly vocal about the need to give green cards to foreign-born graduates of American universities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
The mayor’s chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, said the Mayor would like to see between now and the elections in November a compromise be reached on the reform in the STEM field that would result in a deal in Congress.
The mayor will be in both cities on Tuesday. He will appear with former Obama White House chief of staff William Daley in Chicago and with News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch in Boston.