Immigration Border Crisis

Billionaires: Congress Shortchanges America on Immigration

Three of the world's wealthiest men have a message for Congress: Get your act together on immigration reform. "Americans deserve better than this," wrote Las Vegas Sands' Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, and former Microsoft chairman and chief executive, Bill Gates in an opinion piece in The New York Times. "American citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country. We are getting shortchanged," they wrote in the scathing op-ed. They said that although each of them has different political views, they could come together to write a piece of immigration legislation all could agree on. So why can't Congress do the same? They said that if Congress showed signs of cooperation, it would lift the national spirit and stimulate the economy. The business magnates also said it "bordered on insanity" to encourage foreign students to study in the U.S., and then "deport them when they graduate."

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