Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Let Immigrants Come, As Long As They Go to Detroit’


There is a crisis of confidence among businesspeople. They look at Washington, and they say, ‘You can’t run something this way.’ No company would survive if it ran the way Washington runs, where they focus on issues they can’t come together on. I’ll give you an example of how you can fix some of the problems in America. Look at the old industrial cities — Detroit, for example. The population has left, and you’ve got to do something about that. 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, start businesses, take jobs, whatever. You would populate Detroit overnight, half the world wants to come here. So you could use immigration policy to fix a lot of the problems we have.” —On Meet the Press Sunday, Michael Bloomberg offers his solution to both Detroit’s population decline and the immigration debate. [MSNBC]