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Adelson, Buffett, Gates call for immigration reform

Three leading figures of U.S. industry have called for an overhaul of the country's immigration system.

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Las Vegas Sands' Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, and former Microsoft chairman and chief executive, Bill Gates said the American people were being shortchanged and deserved better from Congress over immigration reform.

Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.
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Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.

"Most Americans believe that our country has a clear and present interest in enacting immigration legislation that is both humane to immigrants living here and a contribution to the well-being of our citizens. Reaching these goals is possible. Our present policy, however, fails badly on both counts," they wrote.

The business magnates also said it "bordered on insanity" to encourage foreign students to study in the U.S., and then "deport them when they graduate."

Read the full opinion piece here.

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