Rupert Murdoch Pens Immigration Reform Op-Ed: 'Immigrants Enrich Our Culture'

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The media mogul called on Congress to offer a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and remove caps on visas for highly-skilled workers.

Rupert Murdoch called for swift and comprehensive immigration reform in an op-ed piece published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, writing "immigrants enrich our culture and add to our economic prosperity."

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"I don't believe that people come to America to sit on their hands. The vast majority of America's immigrants are hardworking, family-minded individuals with strong values," he wrote.

Murdoch also called for a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and the elimination of caps on visas forhighly-skilled workers.

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"We already know that most of the applications for these visas are for computer programmers and engineers, where there is a shortage of qualified American candidate," Murdoch wrote. "But we are held back by the objections of the richly funded labor unions that mistakenly believe that if we keep innovation out of America, somehow nothing will change. They are wrong, and frankly as much to blame for our stalemate on this issue as nativists who scream about amnesty."

Murdoch, an Australian native who became a U.S. citizen in 1985, praised President Obama's "wise restraint" in waiting to act on immigration reform until a bipartisan solution can be found.

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"However, if Congress fails to even try to have this important debate, the president might feel tempted to act via executive order. I hope it doesn't get to that point, given the furious political firestorm that would result," Murdoch wrote.