Bloomberg: Perry's right on immigration
September 28th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg: Perry's right on immigration

Washington (CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he agrees with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements on immigration and he believes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's views on the same points are "wrong."

"I don't agree with Perry on other things, but on this one he's right," Bloomberg told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Wednesday in an interview that will air exclusively on CNN's "John King, USA."

The New York mayor, an independent, said he agreed with Perry regarding two facets of the immigration debate: opposing the building of a fence along the Texas-Mexico border as a way to restrict entry by illegal immigrants, and providing in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants.

When asked about Perry losing ground as the front-runner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination because of his views on immigration, Bloomberg noted that the debate is still unfolding as more constituencies and states come into the mix.

"I think you've got to differentiate between what may be good politics within the beginning of a primary race as opposed to what happens when the bigger states get involved in the primary race or what happens in a general election."

"The bottom line is Romney is wrong on this one." Bloomberg said. "This is the future of America."

When considering immigration policies, Bloomberg said he believes candidates ought to be thinking about "what's right for the country, even if it doesn't help or hurt your career."

Filed under: 2012 • Michael Bloomberg • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • TV-John King U.S.A. • Uncategorized
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Ben Dover

    You are an Idiot Bloomberg!!!

    September 28, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Teehee. Thanks Bloomy...the ArchBishop Limbaugh and Mullah Beck are already trying to castrate Parry for being too liberal...we might as well help them make their case haha

    September 28, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. W l jones

    Some people came here a few years un dockment while other came over some where around one million years yet they are they say.

    September 28, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Perry is NOT pro illegal immigration, at all.

    Texas is, however a special situation, and all Hispanics cannot be treated the same as say, in SC. Texas has an Hispanic heritage that goes well back before it even considered being a republic, much less a state.

    We still do our share of trying to limit illegal immigration, but we don't try to do the federal government's job.........although admittedly, we would probably be doing far better now, than they are, to control the problem.

    Perry is also right, that what Texas has done, is not the right model for the country as a whole, which is where we might disagree with Mr. Bloomberg.

    September 28, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Bloomberg needs to shut up. After the irresponsible statement he made regarding class warfare he needs to be fired and exiled to another country. He's all mouth and money with no class. NY can have him.

    September 28, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Everette

    This guy just doesn't get it. What part of 'breaking the law' does Bloomberg not understand? Instead of trying to pay for the children of these people to go to school, pay for their process to become legal citizens first, and you know, like go through the proper screening, pay taxes like everyone else, stop hiding and being laboriously exploited, so forth and so on. Many children of US citizens can't afford to go to college, and so Bloomberg wants to make sure that children of people who are here illegally go to college, and that you and I pay for it. Hey Bloomberg, do us all a favor and shut-up!

    September 28, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. diridi

    what right, idiot. calling all illegals, giving them free pass to drive, free pass to education, free pass to tuition waiver, free pass to medicare...etc, what right, you are getting senile, sleep in your attic....o.k,

    September 28, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Bennie Sowers

    I am sick of "daddy Bloomberg" he bought a third term why so that he could look important. This man is not the be all know all for the rest of the citizens of this country. He can only rule the postage stamp on which he stands. This country is the laughing stock of the free world. Any country who don't protect it's people from invasion is no longer a country with a democracy or sound sovereignty. Bloom berg is just another suit filled with hot air who thinks his poop don't stink. He can only speak for himself and not for the American people we don't want any more amnesty we are sick and tired of the country of Mexico and other third world countries importing their poor to this country sucking away benefits of citizens who paid into our government systems and now cannot reap any of what we paid in albeit the illegals age getting fat and rich off the backs of the American citizens who are getting spat on by the likes of Bloomberg and Obama harry Reid and others like dick durbin. It's really time for a change We must rid ourselves of the fat cats polluting the white house and many state houses. We need to dismantle government as we know it and start from scratch. getting rid of all the bloomberg's etc.etc,etc...................

    September 28, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Ryan

    I am not Republican but I would not mind Bloomberg! At least he speaks his mind

    September 28, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Paul

    yes Ben Dover ... you are a lot smarter than Bloomberg, look all the money you made in your short life while he has't made any dollars ... nothing, a real loser. Gee how can people not see that Bloomberg isn't really smart? How come don't they knows you are the real guy? I wonder

    September 28, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Charles

    The presence of immigrants is fait accompli; it's done. They're here, just as the Poles and Italians were 100 years ago, and the Irish and Chinese 150 years ago. Immigrants will never assimilate and become productive members of society unless they are given the opportunity to do so. This is the only time I have ever agreed with Mr. Perry, and possibly the only time I ever will

    September 28, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. skarphace

    The only polititian that 'has it right on immigration' is Paul. End the Police State. Bring our troops home. Secure our borders. This is Ron Paul's platform.

    September 28, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    The Repuglicans...go figure! They don't want the rich taxed to the degree that a Middle Class person is, so let the Middle Class pay for everything and now they want the taxpayers to pay for the illegals education, while our own Americans have to pay out of state tution. These people have already had a free education in Public schools, food stamps, free health care at great expense to the tax payers. These people are breaking the system as only the Middle Class must support the illegals in this country. I don't care where the illegals come from, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Greenland....they all need to go home!

    September 28, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    And Bloomberg is RIGHT about Perry!!! Perry did a "Texas Style DREAM ACT" and now he wants to back away from it. And did he do the right thing? There are many other states that also did just what Perry did – to name one, Utah (hmm, isn't that the state Huntsman was governor of??). The RIGHT candidates felt they had to go far-RIGHT to please a few and in reality, NONE of them are there (except Bachmann and Paul Ryan, who is WAAAAAYYYYYY out there!!!)

    It is NOT RIGHT to export children of illegal immigrants if they were born in America..... PERIOD!!! Especially if they are contributing to America in a positive way!!

    @Rudy NYC – Lynda/Minnesota and of course Dominican Mama for Obama, I really enjoy your blogs and as Lynda said earlier – "keep 'em coming".

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 28, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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    September 28, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Kenny K

    Only non-republican can accept such view. Perry is a republican who carry on non-republican agenda.

    September 28, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |