New York City mayor says US should not turn away immigrants

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According to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, America is committing "suicide" by turning away skilled immigrants.

The American Dream cannot survive if we tell the dreamers to go elsewhere, Bloomberg said during a speech.

Bloomberg is a supporter for immigration reform in the US and supports increasing green card availability for highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg acknowledged the divide between Republicans and Democrats on the topic of immigration but said that both political parties can and should agree that more immigrants should be allowed in on highly skilled immigration and graduate level visas.

"America no longer is the inevitable crossroads for enterprise and innovation," Bloomberg said.

There are movements in the US government to reform immigration for highly skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs. Some US Senators have drafted legislation pushing for a "startup visa" that would grant some foreigners the right to live and work in the US.