More Misguided Bloomberg Blustering about Immigration
Published on December 16th, 2012
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of America’s prominent amnesty and open borders advocates. Among those who lobby for more immigration, Bloomberg is perhaps the most elite. Forbes ranks Bloomberg as the world’s 15th wealthiest and 16th most powerful man. In 2011, Bloomberg’s fortune peaked at $25 billion.
Bloomberg’s immigration positions have always been extreme even when measured against his pro-amnesty allies. But recently Bloomberg went way over the top to call the immigration status quo “national suicide.” [‘Our Immigration Policy Is What I Would Call National Suicide,’ Bloomberg Says, by Ben Chapman, New York Daily News, December 6, 2012]
Elaborating during a globalist-attended New York STEM conference that “our economy needs immigrants,” Bloomberg put his money where his great, big mouth is. Bloomberg has made a multibillion-dollar investment prepare the city for STEM jobs, created dozens of new technical education high schools, supported a City University of New York expansion for STEM programs and lured Cornell University to build a $2 billion so called genius school graduate program to produce tech entrepreneurs.
As usual, the most interesting part of the story went unreported. First, nowhere does it say that Bloomberg’s new schools or programs are designed to encourage American high-school kids to study science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, based on the audience which included Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, IBM Vice President Stanley Litow, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman and city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, the conference’s purpose was to promote more immigration.
Second, Bloomberg didn’t offer any actual, honest to goodness, available-right-now jobs for the simple reason that few exist. The November New York unemployment rate is 9.3 percent; statewide the rate is 8.7 percent. The biggest economic news to come out of New York this week doesn’t do much for the Bloomberg camp’s arguments. Banking giant Citigroup’s laid off 11,000 employees, many with technical skills. Wall Street predicts more firings soon. [Citigroup Layoffs May Not Go Far Enough, by Stephen Gandel, Fortune Magazine, December 6, 2012]
Bloomberg should focus on something more important than immigration cheer leading. According to the latest data, New York City’s poverty rate increased for the third straight year to 20.9 percent in 2011. For a family of four, poverty is defined as $23,000 per year. The gap between rich (like Bloomberg) and poor grew to record levels, similar to sub-Saharan Africa. [Income Data Shows Widening Gap between New York City’s Richest and Poorest, by Sam Roberts, New York Times, September 12, 2012]
When nearly 1.7 million city residents are classified as poor, the last thing New York needs is more immigrants.