Bill Richardson: Immigration and the Competitive Edge
Bill Richardson is the Governor of New Mexico and former candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Of Hispanic descent, Richardson was born in Pasadena, California, but spent most of his childhood in Mexico City. Richardson graduated from Tufts University, from which he also received a Masters in International Affairs. In 1982, Richardson was elected to the United States House of Representatives. During his time in the House, Richardson focused on foreign affairs as well as on issues of importance to the Native American community. In 1997, Bill Clinton appointed Richardson United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Richardson left that post in 1998 to become Secretary of Energy. Richardson is known for his "shuttle diplomacy" and has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Richardson was first elected the Governor of New Mexico in 2003; he was reelected in 2007 in a landslide, earning 69% of the vote. Richardson is the author of two recent books: the campaign autobiography Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, and Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution.
Bill Richardson: Yes it does because there’s . . . there’s thousands of legal immigrants that are trying to get in this country – through what are called H1Bs – that are skilled, and especially technology, that are not allowed in. We have a broken immigration system not on . . . not just on the illegal immigration side, but also dealing with legal immigration; dealing with those that are trying to get here legally that have applied for years, that legitimately should be part of technology, and computers, and are not allowed in because of a huge backlog; because of inefficiency in our bureaucratic system; because they don’t have enough staffing at the immigration service. What we need to realize is we can’t just deal with illegal immigration. We have to deal with legal immigration. And what I would do is . . . I mentioned all those standards for illegal immigrants. First to be able to come into America should be those that are trying to get here legally. And those that are here legally, trying to become citizens. Recorded on: 11/20/07
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