16 June 2011

Lack of US immigration reform is 'national suicide' says Bloomberg

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New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has described the US government's failure to set a national immigration policy as 'national suicide', saying that the economy is at risk as a result.

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Mayor Bloomberg has described the US government's failure to set a national immigration policy as 'national suicide'.

Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on the need for changes made to the US Visa and immigration, Bloomberg said: “We will not remain a global superpower if we continue to close our doors to people who want to come here to work hard, start businesses and pursue the American dream....it’s what I call national suicide, and that’s not hyperbole.”

Bloomberg has been a long-term proponent for the need to ease the American visa and citizenship requirements for foreign students and entrepreneurs, and has also expressed his support for giving 10 million illegal immigrants a chance to become lawful residents.

As one of the leaders of the Partnership for a New American Economy, he was part of a study that revealed “a large percentage of Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant, or by a child of immigrants”

He continued: “American companies founded by immigrants or their children have revenues that are greater than the gross national product of every country in the world outside the United States, except two: China and Japan.

“The reason is simple. Immigrants are dreamers and risk-takers who are driven to succeed, because they know that in America hard work and talent are rewarded like nowhere else.”

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