Tuesday, August 22, 2006
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg in Sligo today:
“The histories of New York and Ireland have been so intertwined, I would expect that our economic relationships will continue to grow in the future even more so.
“For that to happen, we need to convince the US Congress to adopt a federal immigration policy that makes sense.
“It means significantly increasing the number of visas that we give to those who want to come to America and ensuring that those who are already in America have an opportunity to stay.“I know there are many Irish-born New Yorkers who are caught in the trap of our federal immigration policies.
“If we’re going to continue to attract the brightest and the best to the United States, and Ireland has more than its fair share, we need to inject some common sense to our immigration laws and I’m doing my best to make that case.”
The Mayor flew to Ireland to mark the Irish contribution to the birth of the United States and to unveil a monument to the “69th Fighting Irish” regiment.