From the Politicker:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN host Fareed Zakaria he doesn’t believe undocumented immigrants pose a crime risk in an interview for the upcoming television special Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work.
“Undocumented have very low crime rate. Why? Because they’re scared to death they’re going to get arrested and deported,” Mr. Bloomberg said of New York’s undocumented immigrants.
In his interview with Mr. Zakaria, Mr. Bloomberg also said about 75 percent of undocumented immigrants in New York pay taxes.
"Undocumented are not unemployed, they take jobs. They may be kicking the cash economy off the books, but they work," said Mr. Bloomberg. "Employers withhold and then the government says, 'Well, this guy didn't earn enough, we have to send a refund. To where? The documentation doesnt exist or is fraudulent."
Mr. Bloomberg also told Mr. Zakaria he doesn't think undocumented immigrants put a strain on public schools or hospitals because they tend to leave their children in their home countries and are generally young and healthy.