Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Bloomberg solution for illegal immigration
From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg has a fix for the nation's immigration debate: Send 'em to Detroit.
"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."
It might seem like an easy solution to Bloomberg - but the mayor of Detroit isn't so sure, a spokeswoman said.
"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 spokswoman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
I guess he's solved all of NYC's problems since he's giving advice to Detroit now. Why are we a Sanctuary City again?