NYC Mayor Said Detroit Should Encourage Immigration
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a piece of advice to Detroit to overcome its population loss. According to him, Detroit should pass a law that would allow immigrants to come in as long as they would stay in Detroit and live there for five or ten years.
New York’s population increased during the time when most America’s central cities experienced a decline. The city has been known for its immigrant-friendly spirit. Mayor Bloomberg said that Detroit should encourage immigration.
He added that the country has been built by immigrants and managed to be on top because of its immigrant population. To maintain its status as a superpower, the country should encourage more immigrants.
An old, industrial city like Detroit has its population dwindling not because it is mismanaged by the government but because of its policies on immigrants. The federal government can help the cities by passing legislation to welcome more immigrants.
From 1.8 million in 1950, Detroit has 714,000 residents in 2010. The city’s population decreased 26 percent in the last decade. People from all over the globe would want to go live in Detroit because the United States is still the world’s greatest democracy.
According to Detroit officials, they were unaware that Mayor Bloomberg would make that recommendation during his appearance on Meet the Press.