New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a solution to Detroit's economic woes: Send immigrants to the Motor City and put them to work.
During his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on May 1, Bloomberg suggested that by allowing new immigrants into Detroit, the city might rebound from a treacherous decade in terms of overall population and job growth. According to the New York Post, government data indicates that Detroit has lost 25 percent of its population over the last 10 years.
In addition, its unemployment rate currently stands at 11.1 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average.
"If I were the Federal government, assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or 10 years. Start businesses, take jobs, whatever," Bloomberg told the news provider.
A spokesperson for Detroit Mayor David Bing said that he was receptive to Bloomberg's idea, but many advocates are flabbergasted by the suggestion. Carol Swain, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University, told AM NY that Bloomberg's idea is "ludicrous" and lawmakers should instead focus on limiting immigration.
Swain said that she doesn't see the benefit of filtering in foreign workers when up to 18 million undocumented immigrants already are competing with U.S. citizens for jobs, healthcare and education.