Working in partnership with the New England Council, the Roundtable helped to convene an important discussion on federal immigration policy that featured New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corporation Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino offered opening remarks for the event on August 14, which was hosted by the New England Council and sponsored by Savings Bank Life Insurance. The discussion was moderated by Wall Street Journal assistant managing editor and executive Washington editor, Gerald Seib.
Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Murdoch co-chair the Partnership for a New Economy, a bi-partisan group of mayors and business leaders including Mayor Menino, who are working to "raise awareness of the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform."
Mayor Menino said that "immigration has made Boston a better city." Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Murdoch made a strong economic argument for immigration reform, and both leaders believe it will be achieved within the next two years.
Mr. Murdoch said we are reaching a "crisis" in this country with the lack of students graduating with proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math. Mayor Bloomberg said that our immigration policies are severely hampering our ability to retain highly educated, talented individuals coming out of our institutions of higher education.
Following the discussion, the leaders answered questions from the audience of more than 200 people at the Seaport Hotel in Boston's Innovation District.
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