Bloomberg Gets Real on Immigration
May 24th, 2006

Immigration is “a critical domestic issue that shapes our political life for decades to come,” just as civil rights, Watergate, crime and drugs, and welfare dependency have changed the political direction of our country in years past, writes Mayor Michael Bloomberg in today’s Wall Street Journal.

A new immigration policy must be “enforceable, sustainable, and compassionate,” argues Bloomberg. He proposes a four point platform:

1) Hold businesses accountable for verifying that their employees are here legally, and create a federal database that will allow employers to identify workers by fingerprints or DNA data. If businesses won’t give jobs to undocumented immigrants than there will be less incentive for them to come.

2) Ensure that there is a workforce to replace retiring baby boomers by increasing the number of visas for both manual laborers and professionals. Give them the opportunity to get permanent status if that’s what it takes.

3) Secure the borders, a task that is only possible if the number of people trying to sneak into the country is reduced through the first two items.

4) “Get real” and stop talking about mass deportations, which will never work.

By on May 24, 2006, 3:53 pm
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2 Responses to “Bloomberg Gets Real on Immigration”

  1. IllegalImmigrationIntroduction Says:
    May 24th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    He probably thought this list up on the golf course.

    1. A great way to turn everyone here – citizens and non – into basically just a servant of the state. Going even further, we could all just have chip implants. Of course, many of those who propose ideas like this are only interested in gaining control over as many people as possible rather than thinking what’s best for this country, and Mayor Mike is clearly in that category. What he’s basically proposing is changing this country into a police state.

    As for employer sanctions, the only thing we need to start fining employers immediately is the will. That’s lacking mostly because our politicians are corrupt.

    3. The only way to reduce illegal immigration is through enforcing the laws, not through finding a new way not to enforce them. The “easier” we appear on immigration, the more illegal aliens will try to come here.

    4. I’m not aware of any national politicians discussing mass deportations. Forces that support massive immigration have been quite successful in presenting a false choice: mass deportations or amnesty. The choice they fail to mention is simply enforcing our laws and reducing illegal immigration through attrition.

  2. Christine Chapple Says:
    December 30th, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Does Mayor Bloomberg have a reputation for drinking a lot? This article is terrible. Sounds like he was drunk.
    A new “federal database”, (please!) I can imagine what a disaster that would be.
    Employers know when they are hiring illegal workers. How about verifying a social security number genius!
    Increase visas allowing permanent residency “if that is what it takes”. Well increase visas yes, but this will only increasing the number of manual laborers in the short run, as their children will be educated in our school systems for better, more skilled jobs. This is great, but the demand for low skilled workers will return.
    Secure the boarders. They are trying to do that already! It is too hard to sustain. If illegals cannot find work here, they will not come. Simple?
    Stop talking about mass deportations. Who is talking about mass deportations?

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