One of the wealthiest Democratic presidential candidates proposed to significantly increase the nation’s migrant intake because they would bring better cuisine.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg would love to allow an “awful lot more immigrants” into the United States if he won the 2020 general election, he said onNov. 26.
If Bloomberg became the next president he would ease the selection process for immigration and make the country a much more multicultural society with better taste in food.
“We need immigrants to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs–improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue and certainly improve our economy,” he told the Associated Press at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona.
Arizona has received little attention from fellow Democrats who are also running for president. Bloomberg has put a heavy focus in a state and believes it will be crucial to winning the general election. It is one of four states he is targeting through his $100 million paid online advertising campaign.
Bloomberg made the announcement after admitting he was wrong to introduce New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk police strategy back when he became mayor in the years 2002.
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were required to perform routine stop and search procedures with mostly black and Hispanic men to check if they were carrying weapons. The policy was widely criticized for making police seem to target colored suspects more often than those with a lighter complexion.
“How many times do you hear elected officials say, ‘I made a mistake’?” he said. “None of us do everything perfectly. I’m sorry it happened, I can’t rewrite history. Let’s get on with it.”
Bloomberg’s backflip surprised the Associated Press since he has previously been reluctant to admit wrongdoing in the past. The news agency speculated his admission of fault could have been motivated by his desire to win more support from black voters.
However, the former mayor’s apology received a lackluster response from high profile activists who described the timing of his remorse as being a bit too “convenient.”
“It is convenient that Bloomberg suddenly apologizes but has done nothing to undo the immense damage he has caused on countless lives,” activist DeRay Mckesson told the Associated Press. “His apology is not accepted.”
An NYPD spokesperson claimed people were only targeted if officers had a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity. Although the searches did lead to weapons being confiscated, the overwhelming majority of people who were detained and frisked were released because they did nothing wrong. This allegedly led to many suspects feeling humiliated and degraded.