Billionares Urge Immigration Law Action

US Congress has been stuck debating an immigration bill that has little hope of being passed this year. This week, three of America’s richest men wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, urging Congress to get down to the issues and pass an immigration bill.

The men were Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Sheldon Adelson. Coming from various backgrounds, they said they represent a wide array of political views, but could still agree on immigration issues. They hoped that Republicans and Democrats in Congress could work together on the issue. Buffet and Gates have both donated to the Obama campaigns and have been advisors to the White House on some issues. Adelson made his money through casinos and is one of the biggest donors to the Republican Party.

Over a year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill that included a path to citizenship for long time residents. Many House conservatives strongly oppose that component and consider it to be rewarding people who break the law. Recent talk in the House suggests that the issue will not be fully debated this year.

Buffet, Gates, and Adelson hope that Congress reconsiders and can pass a bill soon that will benefit everyone.