Bloomberg, Business Community Rally Again for Immigration Reform

Wirtten by: Alex Rogers, TIME | January 24, 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.

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