Speaking at a forum on immigration last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a series of statements that came across as … well … untrue.

Bloomberg answered a question from a Wall Street Journal reporter who also served as moderator of the event, and the response was rather jaw-dropping.

Reporter:  “… My sister lives in Amarillo, Texas, and they’re very worried about waves coming up north over the border there. What are you going to tell them?”

Bloomberg:  “Number one nobody has come across the border in a long time.  I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don’t waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It’s dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back.”

That notion only rings true if you consider the concept of time span as arbitrary, and assume that the Mayor was thinking of time in small, hour-long segments.  Then one could say that a ‘long time’ in Bloomberg’s head may simply be the last hour or so.

Or you can just accept that the Mayor is lying.

While illegals crossing the border have been on the decline, the statement that nobody has crossed in a long time is absurd.

Bloomberg added:

“The total number of undocumented in this country has been going down for a long time. How do we solve the problem? We solved the problem by having our economy crater.  People don’t come here to put their feet up and collect welfare. They come here to work, and if there’s no jobs, they don’t come here, and if they’re here and they can’t find a job, they go back home, because America is not a very good place to sit around and think the state is going to support you.”

Actually, a recent report shows that illegal immigrants do indeed come here to put up their feet and collect welfare.  That report indicated that “43 percent of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who have been residing in the U.S. for at least 20 years were on welfare.”

Bloomberg should stick to regulating everybody’s diet as opposed to wading into immigration policy, a platform in which he clearly knows very little.