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September 28th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Bloomberg: Perry's right on immigration

Washington (CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he agrees with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements on immigration and he believes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's views on the same points are "wrong."

"I don't agree with Perry on other things, but on this one he's right," Bloomberg told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Wednesday in an interview that will air exclusively on CNN's "John King, USA."

The New York mayor, an independent, said he agreed with Perry regarding two facets of the immigration debate: opposing the building of a fence along the Texas-Mexico border as a way to restrict entry by illegal immigrants, and providing in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants.

When asked about Perry losing ground as the front-runner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination because of his views on immigration, Bloomberg noted that the debate is still unfolding as more constituencies and states come into the mix.

"I think you've got to differentiate between what may be good politics within the beginning of a primary race as opposed to what happens when the bigger states get involved in the primary race or what happens in a general election."

"The bottom line is Romney is wrong on this one." Bloomberg said. "This is the future of America."

When considering immigration policies, Bloomberg said he believes candidates ought to be thinking about "what's right for the country, even if it doesn't help or hurt your career."

Tune in at 7pm ET for the full interview on John King, USA

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  1. Charles McGuire

    Just watched John King suck up to Michael Bloomberg who believes that an elected politician, (i.e. Governor, President, etc., etc).can dictate to citizens. (vaccinations) Bloomberg, and others of his ilk, think that somebody should just be able to wave a wand and declare a "class" of people, who have broken the law, now penalty-free. I am ALL FOR legal immigration, otherwise, I wouldn't be here. For someone like Gov. Perry to use his office to reward "bad behavior" and then try to put a moral spin on it is nauseating. I have, again, been reminded why I seldom watch CNN.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  2. Adekitan A O

    John thanks for the good work u doing out there. I just want to use this medium appeal to you to kindly appeal to the powers that be of USA to stop playing politics. I forsee a crumbling US where the center no longer holds. US could fall apart as it seems to be living on past glories. Personal and selfish interest apart, let them move the country forward as past leaders have done. Thanks

    September 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  3. Miquel

    Spoken as an American for Americans–

    "There is a way to stop illegal
    immigration without high costs. It is to make them want to deport
    themselves. Right now the U.S. is welcoming them with open arms and
    wallets. Why not try to come here? There are legal citizens that
    are taking up their cause. What do they have to lose?

    In a time when there is less for
    American citizens (fewer government program, disappearing school
    programs, lower education quality, classroom overcrowding, just to
    name a few), why are we helping people to come to our country to make
    those problems worse?

    1. Declare that there will never again
    be illegal immigration amnesty. The first one was a mistake that
    lead to 4 to 5 times the number of illegals. Give them six months to
    get out, no questions asked.

    2. After that six months anyone caught
    here, regardless of the age, will be banned forever. No future
    citizenship, no legal immigration, not even a vacation visa. The
    exception to this would be those here committing other crimes,
    including identity theft.

    3. Those caught again that are 18+ will
    be given at least 5 years in prison. Those under 18 will be sent
    back to the parents’ country of origin for state foster care.

    4. Add up how much the U.S. tax payer
    gave each illegal deported or incarcerated and bill the country of
    origin. The countries that do not want to pay, no more foreign aid,
    even when faced with catastrophe.

    5. CORRECTLY interpret the 14th
    Amendment. Illegal immigration was not a problem in 1868. What was
    a problem were the newly freed American slaves brought here or born
    to other American slaves because slavery was once legal here. This
    amendment was to give the slaves their legal rights, not to grant
    citizens to an illegal border jumper who just stuck the American
    people with their birthing bill.

    6. Enforce laws against hiring
    illegals. Once it is shown that business owners are going to jail
    for that, you can be sure that most will not take a chance on hiring
    illegals. If there are fewer jobs for illegals, they are less likely
    to be here.

    Illegal immigration will always be a
    problem, but for it to be at this level is intorlerable. I believe
    that by taking those LOGICAL steps we can join the rest of the
    civilized world in putting our own citizens first, before illegals."

    September 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm |