Bloomberg: Immigrants Could Save Detroit

Monday, 02 May 2011 11:42 AM

By Martin Gould

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The best way to save inner-city Detroit is to flood it with immigrants and let them pull the city up through hard work, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has claimed.

bloomberg, immigrants, detroitPeople have left the Motor City in droves so it needs to be repopulated, he told NBC’s Meet the Press.

“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, start businesses, take jobs, whatever,” said Bloomberg.

“You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here,” he added.

It is the second bizarre solution for what ails Detroit to come within two weeks. Former mayoral candidate Geoffrey Fieger suggested last month that the city should legalize marijuana and prostitution and become an “American Amsterdam” to attract young, hip residents.

“You make Detroit a fun city. A place young people want to live and they would flock here,” Fieger said.

Both Bloomberg and Fieger — best known outside Detroit as lawyer for “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian — appeared serious in their suggestions.

Bloomberg said: “We still are the world's greatest democracy. We still have hope. If you want to have a better life for yourself and your kids, this is where you want to come.

“And you could use something like immigration policy, at no cost to the federal government, to fix a lot of the problems that we have.”

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