Mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the time for immigration reform in the U.S.
Bloomberg told a bipartisan delegation of more than 70 political and community leaders from across the country on Friday that America needs a modern immigration system that "welcomes the entrepreneurs and the hard workers that will grow our nation's economy."
Bloomberg made the remarks at Gracie Mansion during the "Becoming America Congressional Pilgrimage."
The forum is a three-day event that will take place at various historical sites across the city. That includes Ellis Island, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
The forum was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute.
Bloomberg says almost half of New York City's small business owners are immigrants.