NYC mayor says Detroit should welcome immigrants

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg again weighed in on the immigration situation in the country, encouraging Detroit to seek out immigrants.

Bloomberg, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said that immigrants were vital not only to the American ideal but to the economy as well.

The mayor said that immigrants are needed to maintain America’s status as a world superpower and that places that have experienced population loss, such as Detroit, should welcome immigrants with open arms.

“Take a look at the big, old, industrial cities, Detroit, for example,” he said on the program. “They’ve got 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 you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or ten years.”

According to census data Detroit’s population was 1.8 million in 1950 but just 714,000 in 2010.