Bloomberg: Make Immigrants Live in Detroit, If They 'Survive 7 Years' Make Them Citizens– – How about that idea, SodaHead's?
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York said last week that the federal
government should assign immigrants to live in cities such as Detroit
and “if they survive seven years" make them citizens.
federal government’s got to do is say, ‘We’re gonna welcome here in this
country--first come, first served--families, if they’re willing to come
here under the following terms,: Bloomberg said in Boston on Aug. 14.
"We’re going to assign you a city--let’s say Detroit--you got to agree
to not be arrested and not take any federal, state or city money, and
you’ve got to live there for seven years, and if you survive seven
years, we’ll make you and your family full citizens."
was speaking along with News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert
Murdoch at a forum sponsored by the New England Council.
predicted if the federal government assigned immigrants to cities such
as Detroit they would buy and fix up “houses that are derelict,” improve
the local schools, create businesses and stimulate the local economy.
they value education, they’d make a big fuss and demand the schools get
better," Bloomberg said. "Immigrants have a very low crime rate, so
that you certainly don’t have to worry about that. They’d create
businesses. If they had to drive to California every morning for three
jobs and drive back at night, they’d do it, anything."
Bloomberg said this immigration-reform strategy would create jobs for people who are now unemployed.
you would get people to come here, and they would fill those cities
with a vibrancy, and the people who are unemployed in those cities would
all of a sudden have companies they can go to work for," said
Bloomberg. "They’d get the jobs helping fix up the houses. They’d be in
the schools. They’d be driving the buses. They’d be starting businesses
of their own, because they’d see how other people can do it."
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