Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Tonight, the word is out that Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, is no longer a Republican. This has fueled further speculation about a possible presidential bid. In a campaign-style speech yesterday in California, he listed immigration as one of the many areas where the federal government has failed to lead. While he addressed other issues like education, health care, poverty and global warming in some detail, he didn't say anything about the way forward on immigration. But he has previously expressed support for broad legalization provisions, made clear his opposition to temporary guest worker programs that do not offer a path to citizenship, and noted the degree to which the solvency of Social Security is dependent on robust immigration in the future.