Bill Gates has teamed up with two unlikely allies in business magnates Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffet to beseech US Congress to pass immigration reform.
The trio, in a New York Times op-ed piece, say that despite their differing politics, that they are united in their stance that immigration can only benefit their country. If three politically disparate men can unify on this issue, they say, then so can Congress.
“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill,” the New York Times piece reads. “But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us. We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington.”
Adelson is a staunch Conservative who has supported the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Buffet is a famous liberal, with a history of donating money to Democratic campaigns. Gates has endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates over the years. They all support lifting restrictions on immigration Visas for qualified people.
“Whatever the precise provisions of a law, it’s time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country’s humanity and its self-interest. Differences with the Senate should be hammered out by members of a conference committee, committed to a deal,” they argue.
Source: Washington Post