Bloomberg, Business Community Rally Again for Immigration Reform

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Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

For at least eight years, the American business community has held high profile events pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. On Friday, at a press conference at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, and George W. Bush’s Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez carried the torch, calling for legislation in stark terms in an attempt to break through the congressional impasse.

“Without immigration [reform] we don’t have a future,” said Bloomberg, asserting as he has in the past, that the current policy is “national suicide.” Snyder opened his remarks with a similarly stark assessment: “To be blunt, we have a dumb system,” he said.

The effort is just the latest by Republican supporters of immigration reform, but the panel was optimistic that movement was possible in coming months. Guiterrez said the Republican Party is “beginning to recognize” that it “must be the party of immigration” if it wants to be the party of small business and free enterprise. “We’d like to think that 2014 is the year,” he said. Bloomberg said the two sides of the debate are “closer today than we have seen in a very long time.” He also gave an endorsement to Speaker of the House John Boehner’s leadership abilities. “If [Boehner] wants to get it done in the House he can get it done,” Bloomberg said.

Boehner will announce in the coming weeks his immigration principles.

43 comments
armandocdll81
armandocdll81

More cheap, docile labor! More density! More consumption! More carbon emissions! More mouths at the trough! Yay!!!

CharlesEdwardBrown
CharlesEdwardBrown

Bloomberg is a traitor to the American people and one of the most self serving businessmen around. The United States is a country of laws. He just wants to hire cheap labor instead of paying people what they are worth. We need our immigration laws enforced and all illegal aliens should be deported. We need to stop bringing in more H1B visa engineers when so many of US born engineers are still unemployed. 

tremley
tremley

The Preamble to the US Constitution says: "for ourselves and OUR Posterity".

If Asians founded a country, and then said "We claim this land for ourselves and our Posterity", they're not talking about Mexicans, or Africans, or Europeans; they're talking about Asians.

Quote us where in the US constitution it says "We are a melting pot."

Creating a brown mixture of this and that in ALL & ONLY White countries is genocide.

Asian countries for Asians.

Black countries for Blacks.

but White countries for everybody?

That's genocide.

Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

AllwriteyThen
AllwriteyThen

Why? When only THREE percent of Americans say that immigration reform is a priority this year why would ANYONE take it up? Unless they WANT to lose in 2014?

michaelshehan
michaelshehan

Please I ask congress on behalf of all illegal or undocumented immigrants  to give them a path to be legal to work and live a legal life out of shadows and travel in and out of the country without hesitation..
make them pay back taxes stay in line to be eligible to apply for Citizenship ,  bring them out of shawdows , fine them for like you fine every citizen for breaking the law
make them lean English , give them a hope to live a Law abiding life to stay out of trouble until they become eligible to apply for citizenship .Please get these people pay taxes and improve our economy so that no one  want to see them
end up @ the emergency ward with no insurance and no ID and live on our tax dollar , like how its happening now ...Give them thorough understanding about earned citizenship , and get everybody a background check for criminal history ,
and give them a "lawful prospective immigrant visa" until they qualify for a "green Card" and Citizenship.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

Immigration reform is nothing more than a power grab for government and big business. We have millions of Americans out of work, and yet they want to introduce even more people into poverty. This is not going to end well for the middle class and minorities who are struggling to keep their jobs and find jobs.


"Oh what a tangled web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive!"

Sir Walter Scott

PhilipKomisky
PhilipKomisky

All these Mcdonalds customers would in time be new customers for the pharmaceutical industry

when they have to start taking prescription drugs to control triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood

pressure.

PhilipKomisky
PhilipKomisky

If we could increase the population to a billion, Mcdonalds could sell billions of Big Macs every year.

It would be great for their business. And Just think about how many walmart shoppers there would be.

OrlandCa
OrlandCa

Obama has been operating behind the scenes to prepare an action in case of an American revolt that will not only squash a revolution, but kill many of its participants. The first step of this action would be to disarm the American people, and throw anyone that is, or might be, a threat into a detention center—a FEMA camp. During the course of the revolt, many will die, both in battle and in the camps—an inevitable circumstance Obama is already preparing for.

The current President of the United States, amongst other things, has already ordered $1 Billion dollars worth of disposable coffin liners. Around the country is stored the 5 million, what will be, FEMA coffins in various locations.

According to land owners, the CDC is leasing land in order to store the strangely large amounts of coffins on their land. A man who recently stumbled across a stockpile of the top-secret government purchase claims the, what look like plastic bins, to be, “multi-use cremation containers.”

The containers are excessively large for one person, and as the commentator notes, could hold 3 or 4 bodies, maybe more. He continues to state that the containers, under patent # 5,425,163, “are cremation containers for multiple bodies,” that, “generate very little pollution.”

Along with this, the Department of Homeland Security has also ordered their own stockpile of 14 million body bags. What could cause the government to make such purchases in anticipation of so many deaths?

The next purchase seemed to shed a little more light on the subject. The DHS ordered 140 million long-life meals or MREs (meals ready to eat). Now of course our military does have the need for MREs as our boys overseas eat them regularly, but they are ordered by their military division, not the DHS.

The DHS is anticipating the enactment of FEMA camps all across the nation—and of course when you incur prisoners, you must feed them. This along with the several secretive locations of FEMA camps that are just waiting to need, makes these purchases extremely frightening.

What do you think—is Obama really willing to kill Americans to stay in power?

nld33
nld33

Endless population growth? Is that the only answer? If it is the planet is doomed!

athan
athan

During the 2002 subway strike Bloomberg bought a $600 bicycle and encouraged New Yorkers to do the same.

He's just as out of touch on the amnesty  issue.

PhilipKomisky
PhilipKomisky

Singapore also ranks in the top for educational achievement and mostly chinese

PhilipKomisky
PhilipKomisky

Singapore only has a population of about 5 million. They don't have land to grow food on and they have

no oil. Singapore is one of the worlds richest countries. The average income is over $60,000 a year

and 1 of every 5 people has a net worth of million dollars or more. So this  country is only about

the size of Houston texas but its people are better off than most americans.

A larger population is not the key to wealth. There are about 7 countries in the world that have

populations under 10 million that have higher income than americans

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

This is what it's going to take to get immigration reform onto the House Floor; pressure from business.

Even the Republicans know that business fuels this nation's economy.  So, if I were in their shoes and they spoke, I would perk up.

Because of the Politics of NO the bi-partisan bill that passed the Senate was first decimated then shelved in the House where it sits today.  And, because President Obama tried to make it a priority immediately after the Oct. budget crisis the House Republicans lead by the Speaker simply ignored the issue.  Meanwhile an uncertain future continued to loom before business owners and operators who need qualified employees (think jobs) to nurture, expand and grow their businesses.

I sincerely hope that my fellow Americans recognize the damaging practices of the Republican extremists (now, think Tea Party) and remember that come next November. 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@tremley

This may be your vision of a perfect world but it is fatally flawed and flies in the face of reality.

You and I live in a society that has sometimes been described as a melting pot or a tossed salad.  This country attracts people from all over the world for one thing their own countries don't offer; opportunity to do better in their lives for the benefit of themselves and their families.  My experience has been that there are vastly far more wonderful people out there than many people would believe.  Typically those very people with whom you would segregate want nothing more that what you and I want; we want to be loved and we want to be happy.

Your segregationist ideas are self defeating and benefit no one.

seniorsitizen
seniorsitizen

@michaelshehan I got a better idea.  How about asking congress to figure out how to put 24 million americans back to work.  How about asking congress to figure out how to get americans into higher education free or cheap.  How about that!!

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@TerryClifton02

I'll tell ya what; go find those 12 million illegals who are taking jobs away from legal U.S. citizens and deport them all.

Try it.

Once you attempt to accomplish that you will discover two inconvenient truths;

1.  That illegals occupy many jobs that most of us simply won't do or even consider doing.  The impact on the manufacturing and farm industries will be adverse in the extreme and the economy would implode.

2.  You simply cannot find and deport 12 million people.

thekatd
thekatd

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ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJulietteHere are some questions from a Republican extremist

1. Is jobs so plentiful and there is scarcity of job fillers that we need eleven million more to fill those jobs ? {maybe even more than that}

2. If ever those eleven million get their papers, will they displace the current job holders of those positions because for sure they will be paid a lower salary ?

3. Isnt this just a ploy by big business owners, to increase their profits at the expense of the citizenry who are trying to hold on those jobs in this hard times ?

4. Did the Republicans who seem eager to please their corporate masters ever think that this will create a much more bigger political base for Dimocrats as those new citizens will never vote GOP because of the promise of entitlements from the other side ?

5. Will the border security problem ever be solved because as it is an amnesty will just encourage more border jumpers that will again create more illegals three to five years from now ?

6. Young people used to work summer jobs in the service industry which taught them perseverance, how to save money, how to use their time wisely and most of all make them busy. With the legalization of marijuana is there a danger of more drug usage from the idle youths ?

7. And can you please answer these questions honestly without lying or making up facts for once ?

JohnARandolph
JohnARandolph

@AlphaJuliette Immigration reform primarily is about raping the undocumented for labor and US taxpayers out of billions in border security dollars.  Zuckerberg's H1-b high tech visa increases are the cherry on top. 

read what the Senate has passed, especially Sections 6, 1102, and 1104 which the house will undoubtedly adopt. 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s744/text 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

I would say several of these questions deserve real consideration and a solution, Miss Rene.  But, none of your questions are going to receive answers as long as the Republican extremists in the House refuse to "have a conversation" about it on the House floor.  Keep in mind, this is but one of several bills and laws that they are obstructing even having "a conversation" about.  And it's hurting this nation, our businesses and We the People.

I don't know the particulars of the bi-partisan bill passed by the Senate.  But, one of the issues was border security which I think the Senate plan more than adequately addressed.  Another is a pathway for citizenship which, to my knowledge, is a 13 year process.  That hardly constitutes as amnesty. 

I just googled "immigration reform" and found many informative articles about this issue which I plan to read up on.  As I said, you have posed good questions and I hope I'll be able to educate myself in order to get a clearer picture as to what the Senate bill actually looks like.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@AlphaJuliette @tremley Every sovereign nation on earth has the right to regulate and moderate the flow of human beings across their respective borders. The US currently admits over a million legal immigrants per year. That is probably too many given the facts that so many here are unemployed or underpaid and that our population number is escalating at an unsustainable rate. Sovereign nations are under no obligation to function as the safety valve to the developing world's cataclysmic failings. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@AlphaJuliette @TerryClifton02 One could say the same thing about the IRS - you simply cannot find and compel over 100 million people to part with a substantial portion of their hard-earned cash each and every year. 


We don't need to repatriate all 12 million illegals at once. Just keep extracting 400 thousand of them per year. In the meantime, far more pressure needs to be exerted against those who harbor and employ unauthorized foreign nationals. 


Coddling and kowtowing to the whims of the undocumented only encourages more incursions. 


Stop the madness now. 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

1. Is (I'm sure you mean to say "are")  jobs so plentiful and there is scarcity of job fillers that we need eleven million more to fill those jobs? {maybe even more than that}

I would say that the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in this country are already holding down jobs.  So, what jobs are they taking jobs away from lawful citizens and other immigrants?  The answer, of course, is they aren't. 


2. If ever those eleven million get their papers, will they displace the current job holders of those positions because for sure they will be paid a lower salary?

See 1. above.  And, many of the immigrants to this country already hold lower paying jobs. It is typical for them to fill jobs that many other U.S. citizens don't want or are not interested in.  Farm work is a widely accepted example.  So is assembly manufacturing jobs.   For the rest of us a changing job market and economic picture demands we re-educate ourselves to take on the more sophisticated jobs that employers say they can't already fill.


3. Isnt this just a ploy by big business owners, to increase their profits at the expense of the citizenry who are trying to hold on those jobs in this hard times?

Big business and corporations have held down higher pay and benefits for workers who cross all demographic lines for decades now.  While corporate profits have reached record breaking levels and beyond and upper management compensation and bonus packages have increased by hundreds of percentage points almost annually the compensation to the average wage earner has only increased by 5% since 1979.  So, it isn't migrant workers and immigrants who are being taken advantage of here. 


4. Did the Republicans who seem eager to please their corporate masters ever think that this will create a much more bigger political base for Dimocrats as those new citizens will never vote GOP because of the promise of entitlements from the other side?

According to several news stories I have read this morning on this topic, they indicate that Republicans are motivated by what votes they themselves will realize should they pass this long delayed reform.  They are using this issue to take votes away from the Democrats.  So, instead of doing what's right for American businesses and the country they are acting out of pure political motivation to win votes next November.   


5. Will the border security problem ever be solved because as it is an amnesty will just encourage more border jumpers that will again create more illegals three to five years from now?

My understanding is that the Senate bill addresses border security in a very aggressive manner to offset exactly what you describe.  In other words it won't help to grant amnesty (amnesty isn't being granted to anyone under the Senate bill, by the way) if we don't also address border security.


6. Young people used to work summer jobs in the service industry which taught them perseverance, how to save money, how to use their time wisely and most of all make them busy. With the legalization of marijuana is there a danger of more drug usage from the idle youths?

And this has to do with the immigration reform bill how exactly?


7. And can you please answer these questions honestly without lying or making up facts for once?

Miss Rene, I have never lied nor have I ever made up any facts.  That you invoke this tactic illustrates abundantly that you have nothing to offer in this or any conversation.  It also indicates that you are incapable of stepping up and engaging in an honest, open, considerate and respectful discussion.  This despite the fact that I have so tried to engage in several discussions with you and have even complimented you on your perspective and presentation.  Your only aim here is to discredit and dismiss anything I have to offer in the way of a different perspective and to denigrate and belittle me on a personal basis.  Going forward I'll treat you as the closed minded bigot you truly are.




aztecian
aztecian

@JohnARandolph@AlphaJulietteit is about opening up the natural migration paths.  these natural path were in place for 10 of thousands of years, only closed recently by colonist from europe.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette@ReneDemonteverdePlease spare me. Not the Washington Post. Not even the New York Times. Those are garbage to me. Why dont you just answer for once ? Answer please. Oh by the way, last question. If the obligation of a country is to serve its citizens interest first why are Dimocrats and many Republicans so eager to solve the illegal`s problem first ? Are Americans second class citizens in their country now ?
 I asked commonsensical questions. Do not refer me to the Obama apologist. Now, YOUR answer please.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette@ReneDemonteverdeYou know the answer why those Republican extremists do not want to take up the illegals problem. Good. I have posed good questions. Please have some good answers. We can talk about womanly talk later on. Answer please.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@armandocdll81

Yes, we are entitled to protect our borders.  And we should.  That is why Immigration Reform is needed now.  To put some cohesiveness behind our immigration policies.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@armandocdll81

12 million divided by 400 thousand/year = 30 years.

Does that actually look like a reasonable way in which to deal with our current immigration problem?

ccopeland48
ccopeland48

@ReneDemonteverde Please read above your questions are answered. You make good points sometimes but you're a bore with the Obama blah blah rants on most articles.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

You need to look a little harder.  I answered each and every question.  Now, you need to step up to engage in an honest, respectful and considerate discussion.  No name calling, no denigration, no personal attacks.  Otherwise go find a troll and engage with him.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette@ReneDemonteverdeYou are funny you know that ? No, not as comedian. But bet you are beautiful in reality. So let us get down to business. Have been looking for you. Now, answer please. If you do not have answer just say so. Let us just chuck it to typical liberal Obamabot stance. Knows all problem but no solution.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

See above for your answers.  Warning, I stepped up, it's a long read and I use big words. My advice is to get some help and a dictionary.  AND, my bet is that once you see how long that post is you'll just shove it aside. Why bother right?

Pay particular attention to question No. 7.

I have to wonder what news sources you think are credible.  Tell you what, give me a link from a news source you think is accurate and I'll read and comment on this issue from it.

And, if you had actually overcome your laziness and personal bias and had opened and read that Washington Post article you would have found it to be very informative.  There is a lot of good information in there.  But, it must be far better for you to simply dismiss a credible news source (in your case any credible news source) and stick to your feelings. I mean, why do any homework and confuse oneself with the facts, right?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@ARTRaveler@ReneDemonteverdeBetter idea. Art. Now you answer. Honestly, no evasion, dont make up facts and dont refer me to those garbage like New York Times or Wapo.

Those are easy questions to answer for an honest and open minded person. So, answer please. And no insults please. Only retarded persons resort to insults if they cant answer. You seem to be a fairly intelligent person. I think.


ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@ReneDemonteverde Well, if you don't want to read the best news sources, then just rely of FAUX and their lies and keep on being angry.  You can answer every one of your questions if you were interested in answers but you are just another rabble-rouser, just like the bulk of the Tea Pot heads that are running the U S House into the ground. zIt is amazing if 99 news sources say one thing and FAUX says the other, that the 99 are always wrong.  Bet you were never in the military as the one in 100 marching out of step is NEVER RIGHT.