Michael Bloomberg is winding down his 12-year tenure as mayor of New York City, but he’s still pushing signature issues on the national stage, including immigration reform.
He told Jorge Ramos on Thursday that “it defies imagination” that any politician would oppose an immigration overhaul.
“We’re selling our birthright here,” Bloomberg said. “We’re creating industries overseas we’ll never get back to America, we have crops in the fields that rot because there’s no people to pick those crops.”
Bloomberg said allowing current immigration laws to stand is “national suicide,” reiterating a frequent talking point.
A large-scale immigration reform bill passed in the Senate this June, but similar legislation has collected dust in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he will not bring legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives without majority support from his party.
That’s seems unlikely given the current political climate among Republican elected officials and their supporters. On Thursday, Boehner excoriated Tea Party groups for criticizing a recent budget deal, saying, “Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility.”
In his interview with Ramos, Bloomberg acknowledged the divide among members of the GOP.
“It’s hard to understand Congress not being able to come together,” the mayor said. “In all fairness to Boehner, he’s got a tough time pulling lots of people together.”