- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 24, 2011

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vowed Sunday that he will not run for president next year.

“I’m not running for president. Is that explicit enough?” Mr. Bloomberg, a third-term independent, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The mayor said lawmakers are paying little attention to an issue central to pulling the nation out of recession: immigration policy. He said an “intelligent” policy — including a “path to citizenship,” or eventual amnesty for immigrants — is vital to an economic recovery.

The illegal immigrants now living in the shadows, Mr. Bloomberg said, already contribute to the economy, and recognizing that fact and giving them legal status would be the common-sense approach. Rounding up the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States is not realistic, he said.

Providing a path to citizenship and forcing those workers to pay taxes, coupled with a renewed emphasis on border security, would give a much-needed jolt to the struggling economy, Mr. Bloomberg said.