Bloomberg: New Immigrants Should Go To Detroit

Mayor suggests re-populating Motor City with immigrants

Sunday, May 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:12 PM EDT
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Mayor: New Immigrants Should Go to Detroit

Mayor Bloomberg on "Meet the Press" says new immigrants should live in Detroit

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Mayor Bloomberg said America should open its borders to immigrants eager to get in -- as long as they agree to live in Detroit.

During an appearance Sunday on "Meet the Press," Bloomberg suggested passing a law letting new immigrants enter the country -- if they flock to the beleaguered Motor City.

"If I were the federal government ... assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together," Bloomberg said, "you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agree to go to Detroit and live there for five or 10 years."

Detroit has lost 25 percent of its citizens since the last census and Bloomberg said his immigration idea can revive the city where they would "start businesses, take jobs, whatever."

"You would populate Detroit overnight 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," he said.

The mayor of Detroit sounded lukewarm to the idea Sunday.

"There are things that would have to be considered before we just open the flood gates and say everyone come in," said Karen Dumas, a spokeswoman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, told the Daily News.
 

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