N.Y. mayor pushes immigration bill

By Sara Kugler Frazier ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK | Chief executives of several major corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Disney and News Corp., on Thursday joined New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to form a coalition advocating for immigration reform – including a path to legal status for all undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The group includes several other big-city mayors and calls itself the Partnership for a New American Economy. Amid signs an immigration overhaul bill faces a steep climb in Congress, the group seeks to reframe immigration reform as the solution to repairing and stimulating the economy.

Mr. Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp., appeared together Thursday on Fox News network to discuss the effort.

“We’re just going to keep the pressure on the congressmen,” Mr. Murdoch said. “I think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them.”

The business executives said Thursday in statements that their companies – and the nation – depend on immigrants.

“It’s our great strength as a nation, and it’s also critical for continued economic growth,” Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said.

The group said it intends to make its point to policymakers by “publishing studies, conducting polls, convening forums and sponsoring public education campaigns.”

The tactics are similar to those used by Mr. Bloomberg’s coalition of mayors who support gun control.

Mr. Bloomberg has for years criticized the federal government for its immigration laws, proposing in 2006 a plan that would have established a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal U.S. workers.

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