Delta’s Anderson: Immigration problem ‘needs to be solved’

Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson said Tuesday the nation’s immigration problem “needs to be solved.”

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“[Our] company needs to reflect the diversity and values and differences of all the people that we carry around the world,” Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

In an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” the head of the Atlanta-based carrier and one of the world’s largest airlines defended his company’s open support of President Barack Obama’s recent executive order extending protections to up to 5 million immigrants who may be in the country illegally.

Anderson: Air travel still a ‘tremendous bargain’

Transcript from ‘CBS This Morning’ appearance

See also: Delta takes stand on Obama immigration plan

Under the president’s order, work permits would be provided to undocumented immigrants with children who were born here or are legal permanent residents. The worker must have lived five years in the U.S., submit to background checks and pay taxes. The order shields affected immigrants from deportation, revamps law enforcement tactics and revises the visa system.

Anderson said immigration reform will help Delta, which has 80,000 employees around the world, attract talented employees who reflect the global communities the carrier serves.

“[Our] company needs to reflect the diversity and values and differences of all the people that we carry around the world,” Anderson told CBS hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

Anderson indicated he’s been bombarded with emails since the company’s statement applauding Obama’s actions. “Well, if you’ve seen some of the emails I’ve gotten, you would sort of wonder why did I speak out about this,” he said on the show.

Delta’s open support has also drawn criticism at the state level.

“Since Delta Air Lines chooses to take political sides when it comes to supporting President Obama’s illegal immigrant executive order that waives certain laws he doesn’t like, then perhaps the Georgia legislature should finally waive the far- too-generous fuel tax breaks it gives to Delta,” Phil Kent, a member of the Georgia Immigration and Enforcement Review Board, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The state board investigates complaints related to illegal immigration.

In Georgia, an estimated 116,000 immigrants without legal status were raising U.S.-born children in 2012, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Delta said the reforms will provide economic development opportunities and enhance public safety by streamlining legal immigration.

“[We] are a country that was built by immigrants over decades, and to have six or seven million people living and working in our society and not have a solution to that problem, seems to me one that ought to be solved,” said Anderson, who said his grandparents were also immigrants.

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how many illegals are being employed by those poor law abiding republican private business owners at a huge profit? oh? there are employment laws they might be breaking? yeah, lets put all law breakers in jail, including the business owners greasing people like kent's hands green. 


fyi, illegals built did major construction during atlanta boom years is my bet. continue to take jobs no one wants. we didn't become concerned about them working and only started deporting as soon as the economy busted. oh, the illegals weren't responsible for that either were they? illegal wall streeters were. 


it is time integrity, morals and honesty rule regarding how we use others. 

Buttercup23
Buttercup23

Has anyone read the bill the Senate passed on Immigration?  The likely fix to the problem of those who cross our borders would most likely be stopped for the most part if the house would have passed this bill.  Our do nothing Republican controlled Congress refuses to bring the bill to the floor.  So those whining about illegals coming over here because the border is not fixed maybe should call up their local do nothing Republican Representative and give him or her an earful on why they haven't voted on the Senate's immigration bill.  

Chappy65
Chappy65

@Buttercup23  Nothing will happen until Harry Reid is emasculated.  He sat on over 300 bill approved by BOTH the house and the senate.


Reid is a democrat.  A FACT I think you probably don't know. 


The "do nothing republicans brought over 300 bills - the DEMOCRATS sat on them. 


Perhaps you ought to get off lame stream media and get some actual FACTS.  ??

Pamela Bernardo
Pamela Bernardo

Delta's air fares are not a bargain.  I'm flying to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area today for Thanksgiving.  I compared prices:  Delta's Roudtrip $525 + plus bag fees; Southwests $405; $Spirit with bag fees $205.  The Spirit fare is a bargain.  Delta....not so much.

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

I'm sure Anderson has his head up Obama's rectum because he's seeking some kind of political appointment.  Why else would he come out with such an idiotic endorsement that the majority of his company's employees don't support. 

Blackland
Blackland

Instead of importing more cheap illerate labour to throw your bags Delta why don't you pay a little more and put some of these unemployed Ameicans back to work? Then maybe they could afford to buy a flight on your crappy airline.This is just a giveaway to corporations to keep wages and benefits low. I am a Republican and I can see what the end game here is.


And lets keep building all of our products in cheap labour countries until we have nobody left here who can afford to buy anything. Idiotic!

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

Well, Delta has lost me as a customer.  Anyone who supports the lawless conduct of this President is not going to get a penny of my money.  If he supports Obama so much, let him fill his ranks with the illegal crooks Obama cherishes.

JamesCrow
JamesCrow

I support Richard Anderson and his stand on immigration.  Something must be done and it is very apparent that the Republican House isn't going to do anything. 

Borodawg
Borodawg

@JamesCrow The Senate passed bi-partison legislation to deal with the  problem.  The obstructionist/do-nothing Republican House sat on it.  Obama did something about it.  Same thing happened with health care reform.

dawanda jackson
dawanda jackson

its called the law mr anderson, you are precisely the problem here, of course your kids won't be in competition with these illegals for jobs since daddy is rich, you would think differently if a drunk illegal ran over one of your loved ones, very disappointing and i will look to fly on another airline

DB2013
DB2013

@dawanda jackson How many American's really care about law? American's break law's every single day and continuously! I think you should reconsider your mighter than thou stance!


I find entitled Americans that cut me off every single day, do not yield, do not turn on blinkers, run red lights, speed, etc. much more dangerous than individuals that simply trying to make a living. Save that rhetoric to when you are really saying something.

DavidWesly
DavidWesly

“[We] are a country that was built by immigrants over decades, and to have six or seven million people living and working in our society"


Yes, legal immigrants.


I am all for giving amnesty\fast tracking the illegals that are here, but we need to actually fix the cause of this issue once and for all and the fix should be tied to any immigration bill to stop the flow coming here. Stop the anchor babies. This will stop the dangerous border crossings of pregnant women that, if they make it here, give birth paid for by the tax payers of this country. Get rid of the reason why  people come here and they will stop or at least slow down.


As for economic growth... yea right. now these people will not be able to be paid under minimum wage anymore. Either increasing the companies costs or they will dump these "new citizens" for illegal ones to keep the bottom line. We have enough people here being given hand outs already that can and should go to work at these jobs before giving them to illegals.

zekeI
zekeI

@DavidWesly 

THAT IS PRECISELY THE PROBLEM! Yes Reagan did give about 3 million amnesty in the 80's. He did so under the false belief that the democrat idiots had promised to fix the problem so that IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN! And as with GHW Bush when he allowed a tax increase even after saying "read my lips, no new taxes", because Congress was to have cut $2 in spending for every $1 of increase in taxes! AS USUAL THE DEMOCRATS LIED! But, it got scum bag Clinton elected!


THIS IS NOT AN IMMIGRATION PROBLEM! THESE ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS! THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY BECAUSE THEY ENTERED THE COUNTRY AGAINST OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS! THEY MUST BE REMOVED! LIBERALS WANT TO REMOVE OUR TROOPS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, FINE, PUT THEM ON THE BORDERS AND ENFORCE THE BORDERS AGAINST ALL ILLEGALS! THEN TAKE THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AGENTS, SEEK OUT AND LOCATE ALL ILLEGALS, AND, REMOVE THEM FROM THE COUNTRY INCLUDING THEIR CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN MISTAKENLY AWARDED CITIZENSHIP IN AN AFFRONT TO THE LETTER AND INTENT OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT!

White Dinosaur
White Dinosaur

Anderson's immigrant grandparents probably spoke English and did not have out of wedlock children on an annual basis.  Also, they probably did not enter this country illegally.

fatleo
fatleo

I believe all lawbreakers need to go to jail.  Does anybody ever speed when driving?  That's right - I'm talking about you.  Straight to jail for breaking our laws in Georgia !!  Doesn't make much sense does it.  The current policy of total deportation doesn't make much sense either.  When a law is broke, fix it.  What part of that doesn't the Republican party understand? .....  Phil Kent doesn't represent my position toward this problem.

DB2013
DB2013

@fatleo I agree with you. These American blabbing that "law" mambo jumbo are usually the main ones. Have you ever gone down to midtown where there are all types of pedestrian walks with signs "State Law - Stop when pedestrians are in cross walk"? I work there an usually use those 4 times per day and maybe 1 out 20 cars will actually obey the law and stop. The rest of them simply break it every time because they are such upholders and believers in laws. This law actually protects lives.

Phil Kent is a tool anyway and nothing more than Nathan Deal buddy, who got the job that way not because he is qualified like the rest of his squad.

BTW - You can't even trust majority Georgians anyway who vote for a corrupt and unethical individual who has been in many of ethics investigations. In addition campaigns about Jobs when Georgia is currently #51 in the country in employment. So I wouldn't read into anything negative these country bumpkins are talking about.

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

Why do people go out of their way to mislead on this issue?


I'll bet his grandparents were legal immigrants. They didn't sneak in to the country and break our laws and then try to have a kid who would be a citizen so they could stay. They did it legally.


Anyone who refuses to call illegal immigrants illegal immigrants, and tries to conflate legal immigration with lawbreakers is straight out lying and should be ashamed of themselves.

Patrick Brennan
Patrick Brennan

Phil Kent wants to run Delta out of Georgia? I guess Coca Cola will be next. What a dolt.

DB2013
DB2013

@Patrick Brennan Why not, he is Nathan Deal top BFF. Georgia is currently #51 on the country jobs list. What difference would it make if they run more companies out of GA, is not like it can get any worse the be the bottom on the list for jobs

PJ25
PJ25

The DAL pilots don't like this position either as seen on the aviation forums. 

bretts138
bretts138

Well here's one for you. I will not fly on Delta Airlines until this American hating CEO is removed. These people he is referenceing, are criminals, they have broken the law, they are here illegally. It's time to ship them all out of our country. Obama is doing his best to destroy our economy and the middle class. Why should even one American lose his job to a foreign worker, with or without a visa. It's time to cut off finacial aid to other countries, invest in infrastructure in America, and put Americans back to work in America. I will gladly fly any other airline, and will not support a company that espouses that Americans pay for benefits for illegals. Jail them and them confiscate any property or belongings to offset the cost of deportation. NOW.

dawanda jackson
dawanda jackson

@cafeej @bretts138 so eric, laws dont matter to you then you wont mind if the illegals all come to your house and use your car and eat your food, moronski

DB2013
DB2013

@bretts138 Like Delta gives a hoot about your measly $300 you spend every 2 years.


Maybe you should get your skill set up if you don't want your job to be taken by someone else. Here are some news for you buddy - A job is a privilege and not a right! If you are not qualified for the position, you are simply not qualified. Go get better work ethics and may perform well when you do have a job

PJ25
PJ25

Anderson needs that cheap labor to continue doing his contract work like cleaning planes and curb side check in.  Ask Anderson how having heavy plane maintenance in 3rd world countries is working out.  On average Delta mechanics spend 25 days going back through those same planes fixing what the 3rd world workers have screwed up. 

cafeej
cafeej

Mr. Anderson was the CEO of Northwest Airlines several years before he came to Delta and lived in Minneapolis during this period.  Once he became CEO of Delta, and moved here, he noted the disrepair of primary and secondary education in the state -


"The public schools in Minnesota are the equivalent of the private schools in Atlanta".  


Pretty damning commentary on the prevalent white supremacists that comment on the AJC. 

RickyBobby
RickyBobby

I default to the old bumper sticker, "If government is the answer, it must be a pretty stupid question".

RUM
RUM

Read between the lines people. It's all about money with Delta. Just think how many people will fly back and forth to Mexico and Central America.

PJ25
PJ25

@LMO @RUM The point is think of how many more flights that adds and how much revenue it adds to the bottom line. 

LMO
LMO

@RUM uh they are making those flights now...so not understanding your point.  You fly anywhere you are having to check into customs for international travel.  There are several undocumented workers that I'm sure would love to work for the airports ...they are some hard working people.

farmeral
farmeral

Finally a white male who is not afraid to say what the majority knows is the correct course of action. We must have a positive solution to this problem.


As to our elected officials who object to his stance, why don't you tell him that Delta can take their business elsewhere and see who has the last laugh.