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Published on: May 1, 2011 04:06 PM
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Detroit, MI - The mayor of New York says Detroit should lift its lamp as a beacon for new immigrants as a way to counter its drastic population losses.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg floated the proposal during an appearance Sunday on NBC-TV’s “Meet the Press.”

Bloomberg says there’s a “crisis of confidence” among business people about the nation’s economy.

He says the “most obvious” response to economic growth is encouraging immigration, particularly to places like Detroit.

The city has seen its population fall from 1.8 million in the 1950 U.S. Census to 714,000 in 2010. The population dropped 26 percent in the last decade alone.

Bloomberg says the U.S. should admit immigrants who agree to live for five or 10 years in the city and work or start businesses.

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 May 01, 2011 at 04:12 PM Yossi Says:

I think they should also take Bloomberg to Detroit,raise their taxes,ticket the motorists as much as he can get...We can live with Bill Thompson or any other candidate...

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 May 01, 2011 at 04:41 PM Abe Says:

"Take a look at the big old industrial cities, Detroit for example," Bloomberg said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They've a great mayor, Mayor (Dave) Bing, but the population has left. You've got to do something about that.

"And if I were the federal government, assuming we 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 to 10 years, start businesses, take jobs or whatever," Bloomberg said .

"You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here … you could use immigration policy at no cost to the country to fix a lot of the problems that we have."

Bloomberg made his comments while talking about the economy, and how jobs are needed but there is a crisis of confidence among business people looking at Washington politicians, who are too focused on small issues and can't come together on larger ones such as immigration.

"This is a country that was built by immigrants," Bloomberg said. "This was a country that became a super power because of its immigrant population. And unless we continue to have immigrants, we cannot maintain as a super power."

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 May 01, 2011 at 04:42 PM Nobody Says:

Immigrants won't settle there for the same reason half the population left - there are no jobs. If it was a place to live, people would live there already.

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 May 01, 2011 at 06:07 PM torontonian Says:

Bloomberg has it right. Canada did this many years ago with great success. Immigrants arriving in the 1910-1938 era where told where to settle.

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 May 01, 2011 at 06:22 PM Babishka Says:

Yidden should come to Detroit, buy homes, start businesses. Grocery stores are urgently needed! You can buy a beautiful home in Detroit (or in the frum Jewish neighborhoods in the suburbs) for less than $200,000!

There are jobs here, the economy is picking up. I work at Ford.

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 May 01, 2011 at 07:31 PM Mark Levin Says:

"This is a country that was built by immigrants," Bloomberg said. "This was a country that became a super power because of its immigrant population. And unless we continue to have immigrants, we cannot maintain as a super power."  


Perhaps you were correct oh short stubby socialist liberal one, but the immigrants that built the country were LEGAL immigrants as opposed to the multitude of ILLEGAL immigrants here now.

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 May 01, 2011 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Whoo-hoo! What happened to the "This city embraces its immigrants, it's a melting pot of cultures etc etc etc " drivel he has been spouting for years? All of a sudden he wakes up & smells the weed along with the incense?

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 May 01, 2011 at 10:30 PM charliehall Says:

Reply to #6  
Mark Levin Says:

"This is a country that was built by immigrants," Bloomberg said. "This was a country that became a super power because of its immigrant population. And unless we continue to have immigrants, we cannot maintain as a super power."  


Perhaps you were correct oh short stubby socialist liberal one, but the immigrants that built the country were LEGAL immigrants as opposed to the multitude of ILLEGAL immigrants here now.

The US didn't restrict immigration at all until the 1880s. And it did not restrict immigration from the Western Hemisphere until the 1960s.

The problem isn't the immigrants, it is the restrictive laws -- the 1880s laws that prevented Asians from becoming citizens, the 1920s laws that slammed the door shut on Jews from Eastern Europe, and the 1960s laws that set ridiculously low quotas on immigration from Mexico, the Phillippines, China, and India. Open the borders and skim the cream off the rest of the world and the US will again be the most prosperous country in the world!

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 May 01, 2011 at 10:31 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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torontonian Says:

Bloomberg has it right. Canada did this many years ago with great success. Immigrants arriving in the 1910-1938 era where told where to settle.

Even today, French speaking immigrants who want to live in Quebec get extra preference points.

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 May 01, 2011 at 10:51 PM esther Says:

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charliehall Says:

The US didn't restrict immigration at all until the 1880s. And it did not restrict immigration from the Western Hemisphere until the 1960s.

The problem isn't the immigrants, it is the restrictive laws -- the 1880s laws that prevented Asians from becoming citizens, the 1920s laws that slammed the door shut on Jews from Eastern Europe, and the 1960s laws that set ridiculously low quotas on immigration from Mexico, the Phillippines, China, and India. Open the borders and skim the cream off the rest of the world and the US will again be the most prosperous country in the world!

charlie,you just couldn't be more wrong on this.this is not the 1880's when much of america was undeveloped and unpopulated or while heavy industries were booming. i can tell you that here in california illegals have taken away many,many blue collar jobs from americans . they abuse completely the social services system leaving less quality schoolin and ,less low cost medicine fro the rest of us.1 in 4 in the prison system here is an illegle.

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 May 01, 2011 at 11:02 PM MIESQ Says:

Detroit has many undocumented people most non-Latino, most not our friends
Mr. Mayor keep your "ideas" to yourself

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 May 02, 2011 at 10:01 AM shmaychl Says:

Reply to #4  
torontonian Says:

Bloomberg has it right. Canada did this many years ago with great success. Immigrants arriving in the 1910-1938 era where told where to settle.

Shalom to all,
I could be wrong...
but are we living in the 21st cenury... or and we going back to the desert to the very early 1900's?
taking with us the fast growing tec./day...or should just go even with out them?
By the way this is U.S not Canada.

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