Mayor Bloomberg has a fix for the nation's immigration debate: Send 'em to Detroit.I'm wondering where the genius thinks they'll be going after their five-to-ten year stretch in Motown?
"If I were the federal government," Bloomberg told David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning. "Assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agree to go to Detroit and live there for five or ten years."
Detroit has suffered a devastating population loss in recent decades, losing 25% of its citizens since the last census.
Meanwhile, immigrants are clamoring to enter the United States.
Bloomberg says he can fix both at once.
The immigrants would arrive in Detroit, "start businesses, take jobs whatever," Bloomberg said. "You would populate Detroit over night because half the world wants to come here ... You can use something like immigration policy - at no cost to the federal government - to fix a lot of the problems that we have."
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Bloomberg's Solution to Immigration: Make Newcomers Live in Detroit
Let's face it. If all new immigrants to America were compelled to live in Detroit, immigration likely would cease immediately. When I first saw the headline to this story I figured maybe Bloomberg was doing some shtick as the DC egofest last night. But he said this on "Meet the Press" this morning.