Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"We need to get real about the people who are now living in this country illegally – in many cases raising families and paying taxes. The idea of deporting these 11 or 12 million people – about as many as live in the entire state of Pennsylvania – is pure fantasy. Even if we wanted to, it would be physically impossible to carry out. If we attempted it – and it would be perhaps the largest round-up and deportation in world history – the social and economic consequences would be devastating. Let me ask you: Would we really want to spend billions of dollars on a round-up and deportation program that would split families in two – only to have these very same people and millions more, illegally enter our country again? Of course not. America is better than that – and smarter than that. There is only one practical solution, and it is a solution that respects the history of our nation: Offer those already here the opportunity to earn permanent status and keep their families together."
"Mayor Bloomberg Testifies Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Field Hearing on Federal Immigration Legislation," The City of New York Office of the Mayor, July 5, 2006
Experts Immigration officials, people with post-graduate degrees in fields relevant to immigration issues, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, immigration issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
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Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, United Nations, 2014-present
Mayor, New York City, Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2013
Chair, C40 Climate Leadership Group, 2010-2013
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins University, 1996-2001
Launched Bloomberg News, 1990
Founder, Innovative Market Systems (later Bloomberg LP), 1981