News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch urged lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published online Wednesday evening.
Murdoch vouched for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and ending the cap on H1-B visas. He also cautioned against reading House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss in Virginia as a reason for Republicans not to pursue reform.
"People are looking for leadership — those who stand for something and offer a vision for how to take America forward and keep our nation economically competitive. One of the most immediate ways to revitalize our economy is by passing immigration reform," Murdoch wrote in the Journal, which is owned by News Corp.
Murdoch said he worries that Cantor's loss to tea party challenger Dave Brat will be "misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result."
In supporting a path to legal status, which is arguably the reform that conservatives oppose most heavily, Murdoch said: "We need to give those individuals who are already here — after they have passed checks to ensure they are not dangerous criminals — a path to citizenship so they can pay their full taxes, be counted, and become more productive members of our community."
Murdoch, who was born in Australia, draws from personal experience. "I chose to come to America and become a citizen because America was — and remains — the most free and entrepreneurial nation in the world," he wrote. "Our history is defined by people whose character and culture have been shaped by ambition, imagination and hard work, bound together by a dream of a better life."