Posted on June 23, 2005

Mayor Says Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed To Stay

Bryan Virasami, Newsday (New York), June 21

Forget about temporary status for undocumented immigrants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said — let them stay here permanently and legally.

While it isn’t the first time Bloomberg has urged leniency for the about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, he issued his strongest call yet recently.

“Give them some kind of permanent green card,” he said at a meeting at the Carib News, a Manhattan weekly newspaper serving the Caribbean-American community.

In an article in the paper’s June 21 edition, Bloomberg told the gathering of community leaders he wouldn’t go as far as granting citizenship, but called for illegal immigrants to be granted immunity from deportation.