STANFORD - June 17, 2013
Bloomberg points out that 30% of the Stanford graduating class will be forced to leave the U.S. when their student visas expire. Mayor Bloomberg told Stanford University grads Sunday that immigration reform is the best way to keep some of the brightest young minds in the country.
Bloomberg bemoaned the fact that 30% of the graduating class from the elite California institution will be forced to leave the U.S. when their student visas expire.
“If those in Washington had any sense at all, they would be begging you to stay here in the U.S.,” he said.
“We invite foreign students to study here, we subsidize the universities they attend (then) tell them to go somewhere else and work for one of our competitors. It’s the most backwards economic policy you could possibly come up with.
“I call it national suicide,” he added. “Every international science, technology, engineering and mathematics student graduating here today should have a green card stapled to his or her diploma.”
Bloomberg, who has made immigration reform one of his pet causes on the national stage alongside gun control, said the need for reform does not stop with tech grads.
“Every child brought to this country illegally should have the opportunity to apply for financial aid and go to college – they have done nothing wrong,” he said. “Every entrepreneur who wants to come here to start a business and create jobs in this country should have the chance to do so.”
Bloomberg also got in a jab at California in the tech rivalry he has sought to stoke between New York and Silicon Valley.
More Stanford grads will be moving to the city, he said, “not only because we’re the hottest new tech scene in the country, but also because there’s more to do on a Friday night than go to the Pizza Hut in Sunnyvale and you may even be able to find a date with a girl whose name is not Siri.”
Mayor Bloomberg blasts immigration policy to Stanford grads