Or, at least, that’s what Republican Gov Snyder thinks. The idea is that 50,ooo visas are given with the caveat that they spend five years in Detroit. The question of how to keep them in Detroit is not answered or why, if we can force people to live in a city, it has to be immigrants. Why not college grads? They move there for five years and their student loans are forgiven.That was the premise of the tv show Northern Exposure so its not like nobody has ever thought of it before.
Instead, the GOP brain trust in Michigan goes straight to immigrants. I mean, its not like our unemployment is high or anything.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.
The Republican governor has routinely touted immigration as a powerful potential force for growing Detroit’s economy, saying immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.
“Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,” Snyder said at a news conference.
The proposal involves EB-2 visas, which are offered every year to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.
But the governor’s ambitious plan faces significant hurdles: The visas are not currently allocated by region or state. And the number he is seeking — 50,000 over five years — would be a quarter of the total EB-2 visas offered.