Ny mayor: 'staple a green card to a diploma'
Immigrants Contribute $200 Billion to New York’s Economy
In a press conference on Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the government should be encouraging foreign students who earn graduate degrees in the USA a way for them to legally stay in America, Reuters reported. “Stapling a green card to a diploma would be a very smart thing to do and I’ve always thought that,” he told reporters. He added that America loses out by allowing foreign students to go back to their home countries.
Not only is the NY Mayor wish to give green cards to foreign graduate students learning in America, he also wishes to give millions of illegal immigrants in the USA a chance for legal residency. “We’re not going to deport 11 million people. We’re going to have to find some ways to make them productive, because they’re [already] here,” said Bloomberg.
Immigrants in New York City contribute $200 billion every year to the city’s economy. New York City immigrants make up 36% of the city’s population and account for 46% of all workers who are residents. Commenting on these statistics, Bloomberg remarked that “they (immigrants) come here to work; this is not a country where it’s easy to come and put your feet up.”
Invited by U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Mayor Bloomberg attended a meeting on immigration reform at the White House along with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, as well as other mayors and police chiefs from San Antonio and Los Angeles. Bloomberg urged the president “to provide immediate green card and visa reforms that would allow U.S. workers to attract and hire the workers they need.”
This is not the first time Mayor Bloomberg urged President Obama to provide green cards for immigrant entrepreneurs. In a New York Post article last year, the New York Mayor revealed that before the president gave his State of the Union address, he told him that we need to “open the door to any immigrant from around the world, give them a green card if they came here to this country, relocated where we need jobs and opened a small business that lasted two years”
Mayor Bloomberg is in favor of immigration reform and a need to control America’s borders. He suggested that employers should be able to electronically verify if a potential employees are legally allow to work in the USA through linking fingerprints to his or her social security number. He believes that it would discourage new waves of illegal immigrants from coming, as jobs would not be so readily available.
Celebrating its 8th year, Citizenship NOW is a New York City phone hotline that provides free immigration advice in numerous languages. It is endorsed by Mayor Bloomberg and sponsored by the City University of New York. In addition, they showcase webinars through their website, providing up-to-date information on various immigration topics that include Fundamentals to Citizenship and Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits.