Last updated on: 4/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael R. Bloomberg, MBA Biography

Title:
108th Mayor of New York City
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 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
  • Partner, Salomon Brothers, 1972-1981
  • Entry level position, Salomon Brothers, 1966-1972
  • Ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1966
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1964
Other:
  • Born in Boston on February 14, 1942
  • Twitter handle: @MikeBloomberg
  • Founded Bloomberg Philanthropies, which distributed $452 million in 2013
  • Has donated more than $2.4 billion to charity
  • Listed by Forbes as the 16th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $31.8 billion as of Apr. 9, 2014
  • Known to ride the subway to New York City Hall every morning
Quoted in:
  1. Would Increasing Legal Immigration Reduce Illegal Immigration?