01 October 2010

New York Mayor urges Congress to fix ‘broken system of US immigration’

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media baron Rupert Murdoch have testified before a House of Representatives immigration subcommittee, urging members of Congress to fix “our broken system of immigration.”

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Congress have been urged to support a complete overhaul of the US Visa and immigration system.

While testifying Bloomberg said politicians should focus on the economics of the issue, rather than its emotional impact. New York has fared better economically than other US cities due in part to its large immigrant population, he said.

“Since 1990, cities with the largest increase in immigrant workers have had the fastest economic growth,” he said.

Murdoch, the Australian-born chairman and chief executive of News Corp., told Congress that an overhaul of US Visa and immigration laws will help lead immigrants out of a “shadow economy” and become taxpayers.

Both men insisted that changing the existing US immigration system must be matched with substantial efforts for border security and provide tools for employers to ensure they are hiring legal workers.

There is an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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