Skip to comments.Rupert Murdoch Calls for Amnesty for 'Law-Abiding' Illegal Immigrants (w/Video)
Posted on 09/30/2010 1:39:17 PM PDT by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) -- News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch said he supports amnesty for law abiding illegal immigrants because as legal residents they can help the nations economy by adding to our tax base. He also said he supports securing the border to prevent more illegal immigrants from entering the United States.
At a hearing on Thursday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, Murdoch testified, I joined Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg in organizing the Partnership for a New American Economy because I believe that all Americans should have a vital interest in fixing our broken immigration system so we can continue to compete in the 21st century global economy.
While supporting complete and proper closure of all our borders to future illegal immigrants, our partnership advocates reform that gives a path to citizenship for responsible, law-abiding immigrants who are in the U.S. today without proper authority, said Murdoch, who was born in Australia and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The News Corp. CEO, whose company owns the Fox News Channel, further said it is fiscally unfeasible to deport the illegal immigrants who are already in the United States, which he estimated as totaling about 12 million people.
It is nonsense to talk of expelling 12 million people, testified Murdoch. Not only is it impractical, it is cost prohibitive.
Murdoch cited a study that gauged the price of mass deportation at $285 billion over five years, which amounts to $57 billion per year, adding that there are better ways to spend our money.
A full path to legalization requiring unauthorized immigrants to register, undergo a security check, pay taxes and learn English would bring these immigrants out of a shadow economy and add to our tax base, said Murdoch.
He continued, According to one study, a path to legalization would contribute an estimated $1.5 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product over 10 years.
Murdoch did not cite the source for the studies he cited during his testimony.
Regarding border security, Murdoch said we need to do more than spend money on resources to secure our borders.
We can and should add more people, technology and resources to ensure that we have control over who comes into this country, said the CEO, but I worry that spending alone will not stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
He claimed that while the United States has increased border security funding every year since 1992, the estimated population of illegal immigrants has more than tripled.
That number only started to decline when our country hit a recession and there were fewer jobs, said Murdoch. So, our border security must also be matched with efforts to make sure employers cant hire illegal immigrants.
Both Murdoch and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified about the role of immigration in strengthening Americas economy.
Our system of immigration, I think it fair to say, is broken, said Bloomberg before the subcommittee. I think its undermining our economy, it is slowing our recovery, and it really is hurting millions of Americans. And we just have to fix it.
Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants will strengthen our economy, said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg also said that his and Murdochs experience with the issue stems from having hired thousands of people over the years.
In contrast to what Murdoch and Bloomberg said before the subcommittee, Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, testified that the economic losses caused by illegal immigrants outweighed the benefits.
He pointed out that the National Academy of Sciences has examined the fiscal impact of immigration.
They found that the fiscal impact was enough to eat up the entire economic gain, said Camarota. So if you put the economic gain with the fiscal impact, you get no benefits at all, it would seem.
Camarota also testified that illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans while also lowering wages. He said that the wage loss is 12 times bigger than the benefits.
So does McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Fiorina, Cornyn, Gingrich, Whitman, Perry, etc etc etc etc etc
What the heck is a law abiding illegal immigrant? There is no such person. Also, when he says he is going to underwrite these criminals costs to our society we'll give a d*mn what he says!!
I agree with Murdoch.
What an annoying disappointment he’s become!!
Why Michelle Malkin & other Conservative Fox contributors silent?
The elites continue to lie.
> I agree with Murdoch.
Malkin won’t be silent for long.
Like “illegal alien “ president ..
I also support amnesty for all law-abiding ILLEGALS...
Borders tend to be such *inconvenient* things.
I’d make one significant exception: No Muslims! But most of them are legal, thanks to our insane “asylum” and “family reunification” policies.
I agree. They're a security risk.
There’s no such thing as a “law-abiding Illegal”. You must know that.
Allowing Muslims into the country is commiting suicide.
There should be a no tolerance immigration policy in this regard.
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