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Bloomberg to Stanford grads: The Alley beats the Valley

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the 2013 Commencement address

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the 2013 Commencement address at Stanford University. (June 16, 2013) Photo Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday delivered the commencement speech at Stanford University, urging students to stand for immigration reform and encouraging the graduates to bring their talents to New York.

Speaking to some 5,000 students at the California university, Bloomberg extolled New York's appeal to tech and science graduates, while using the platform to lobby for them to support immigration reform. Every international student of tech and science "should have a green card stapled to his or her diploma," the mayor said.

An early transcript of his remarks had this pitch: "I believe that more and more Stanford graduates will find themselves moving to Silicon Alley, not only because we're the hottest new tech scene in the country, but also because there's more to do on a Friday night than go to the Pizza Hut . . . and you may even be able to find a date with a girl whose name is not Siri."

Bloomberg also said that "Marriage equality is the civil rights issue of our time -- and I believe that it will become the law of the land in all 50 states, if not in my lifetime, certainly in yours."

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