On Friday, Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder emphatically supported comprehensive immigration reform and implied that enforcement of the current immigration laws were “dumb” at an event with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“We need comprehensive immigration reform,” Snyder said at an immigration summit on Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “That’s the bottom line. To be blunt, we have a dumb system.”
Snyder also pushed for various amnesty provisions that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers.
“The real question is, let’s get them in legalized status and then you resolve that question,” Snyder said. “And then the question of citizenship is more a question of differing views on how many steps or what stages you go through. That’s something that [lawmakers] should just be able to work through.”
Snyder has also recently called for the federal government to award work visas to highly-skilled immigrants if they commit to working in Detroit.