New York City Mayor and potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says that welcoming more immigrants to the U.S. is the key to solving America’s economic troubles.
“Our country has tried to look inward at the very time when we should be looking outward,” Bloomberg said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“We should be trying to encourage the best and the brightest from around the world to move here and bring their knowledge, bring their capital, bring their spirit to expand our economy, and sadly, I think we are going in the other direction.”
Bloomberg’s remarks echoed comments he made in last week State of the City address, when he praised immigrants’ role in the U.S. economy, the New York Sun reported.
In that address, he also criticized “those politicians who, all of a sudden, have embraced xenophobia,” an apparent swipe at the Republican presidential candidates.
The billionaire mayor said at Tuesday’s press conference that strong foreign markets will help drive the American economy.
“We, for example, need an economy in China that is flourishing. We export a lot to China as well as import from China. We need to have a Europe that is growing — that’s where we send a lot of our exports. We need to have people from around the world come here.”
The national scale of Bloomberg’s recent remarks about immigration, gun control and other issues has furthered speculation that he might run for president as an independent this year, according to the Sun.
Adding to that speculation, Bloomberg met last week in Texas with Clay Mulford, who helped mastermind Ross Perot’s 1992 third-party presidential campaign.
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