Michigan Seeks Visas to Lure Immigrants to Detroit

Jeff Karoub and David Eggert, Yahoo! News, January 24, 2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.

The Republican governor has routinely touted immigration as a powerful potential force for growing Detroit’s economy, saying immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.

“Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,” Snyder said at a news conference.

The proposal involves EB-2 visas, which are offered every year to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.

But the governor’s ambitious plan faces significant hurdles: The visas are not currently allocated by region or state. And the number he is seeking—50,000 over five years—would be a quarter of the total EB-2 visas offered.

The program would require no federal financial bailout, the governor said, only the easing of immigration rules and visa limits to help fill jobs in automotive engineering, information technology, health care and life sciences.


Snyder, a first-term governor who made millions as a computer industry executive and venture capitalist, said it’s not clear whether the White House could act administratively or if such a change would require legislative action.

He said he’s talking about the proposal with Michigan’s congressional delegation and plans private meetings Friday with administration officials while in Washington for a panel discussion about the economic benefits of an immigration overhaul.


Snyder’s office has said immigrants created nearly one-third of the high-tech businesses in Michigan in the last decade, and he cited a study that found for every job that goes to an immigrant, 2.5 are created for U.S.-born citizens.


The governor is trying to find flexibility in a waiver that allows foreign workers with a master’s degree or higher—or who demonstrate exceptional skills in science, business or art—to come to the U.S. if it’s in the “national interest.”

Snyder wants to broaden the definition of national interest to apply it to Detroit, likening the concept to one already in place where foreign-born physicians can get a green card after working in an underserved area for five years.


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  • Oh boy, this is right up Rand Paul’s alley. This combines his two favorite things in the whole wide world: Detroit and green cards.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Does Gov. RINO Snyder really think these invaders will stay in the city of Detoilet once they get their green cards?

      He must also believe in the Great Pumpkin.

      • Greg Thomas

        Yeah, Detoilet will simply be the gateway for allowing even more third worlders into the country, under the guise of revitalizing Detoilet.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Ship “Detoilet’s” (good one) Bantus to Toronto and they can get crunk with Rob Ford.

          Jiggy. Toronto – New Detoilet!

      • They’ll all leave Detroit for the same reasons whites did, and just as quickly.

    • sbuffalonative

      3rd worlders are going to transform Detroit into a first world metropolis. Well, that’s the theory…

  • Druid

    sheer lunacy…

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Well I gotta admit that just about any immigrants Deeeetroit could get outside of Bantustan would be an improvement. How bout a million Afrikaaners? They’re from da muddahland…

    • Yeah it would, but it’s not hard to improve on the blackest common denominator.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        And there is no reason for us to care. Any Whites left there should have fled long ago. Someone should drop a nuke on it and let the cleansing nature of fire go to work.

        Which is less destructive than giving it to the blacks…

  • Rhialto

    So the Feds let in an extra 50,000 immigrants with advanced degrees. How can they be forced to stay in Detriot? The immigrant geniuses will buy/rent a house in Detriot, but live and work in a normal location. The net effect will be 50,000 unemployed White men, many with massive student loans to pay off.

    • Greg Thomas

      They cannot be forced to stay, which makes this treaon even clearer. Detoilet will simply be the gateway. They cannot import the third world here fast enough, so they must concoct elaborate schemes to import more non-White foreigners.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Yes, this. It’s not even remotely difficult to buy a house in Detroit. I could do it and I only make a few dollars over minimum wage. These immigrants will do exactly what you said; there’s no way they’re going to live around blacks unless we physically force them to, which we won’t.

    • John R

      Immigrants with “advanced degrees”? What a crock! Degrees that they probably earned IN THIS COUNTRY! No. Immigrants are just parasites to our society. Even the best immigrants are just slightly less harmful parasites.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Immigrants” = Illegal Aliens.

    So, if they don’t have the cojones to round ’em all up and deport them back to Mexico and every other 9th world country – send ’em all to DIE-Troit.

  • Spartacus

    “Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,”


    That’s actually the problem, isn’t it ? If it were a little more isolated, like – say – Hiroshima…

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Man, they really are more destructive than a nuclear bomb.

      • kjh64

        At least a nuclear bomb won’t rob and rape you before it kills you.

        • Alexandra1973

          And a nuclear bomb is quicker.

  • bigone4u

    Fantastic idea, Governor. I get it. We send dumb immigrants from Mexico, Somalia, Nigeria, ad infinitum to Detroit and let the feral black population of that city kill every one of them. Immigrant genocide, Detroit style. What do you have against immigrants, Governor, that you would put their lives in such danger? Just leave the whites of South Africa out of this nonsense, along with other whites, and I’m on board. I salute your genius, sir.

    • Rhialto

      Or it might be the other way around: the feral immigrants killing the native Black population, or there might be mutual annihilation. All of these eventualities would be an abomination to anyone deeply committed to Human Rights.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      “We send dumb immigrants from Mexico, Somalia, Nigeria, ad infinitum to Detroit and let the feral black population of that city kill every one of them.”

      Maybe this guy is smarter than we thought.

    • Katherine McChesney

      My fear is that these immigrants might prove too much for blacks and blacks might move to the south.

  • Luca

    My Goodness, immigration seems to be a cure for every socio-economic/political ill in the entire western world.

    If only we had let in all those boatloads of Haitians I’m sure we’d have had a cure for cancer by now.

    • 1stworlder

      Don’t you know that Detriot has a shortage of people on welfare.

  • Svigor

    I don’t know of anything else the establishment peddles in this fashion.

    “Mass Immigration! It’s a floor wax, and a dessert topping!”

    Open borders and mass immigration: they’re just the thing for when unemployment’s high, and for when it’s low; for when the economy is roaring, and for when it’s in the doldrums; for times of war, and times of peace; for times of lean, and times of plenty; for when your side has just lost an election, and when it’s just won.

    In sickness and in health, till death do us part.

    There is no set of circumstances in the United States for which open borders and mass immigration are not the ideal choice.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      You have to look at what that ideal choice actually is.

      If it’s to destroy White America, then mass non-White immigration is the ideal choice under any and all circumstances.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Seems to me that the governor is saying that black people in Detroit are incapable of growing Detroit’s economy, hence the need for non-black immigrants. Sounds pretty racist to me.

    • bilderbuster

      Be open about it & send all Blacks with AA degrees to Detroit.
      Forgive them of any student loans (they aren’t going to be paid back anyways) & tell them that they’re the Black brain trust so you fix Detroit.
      Admit defeat & say Whites have done all we can.
      Have at it.

  • libertarian1234

    Governor: “Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world.”

    I wonder if that’s why it went belly up?

    • Whitetrashgang

      No he is saying blacks are useless.

      • Brian

        I think deep down they recognize that, and want immigration to dilute the blackness. The problem is that pouring in new immigrants, while it does provide dilution, doesn’t get rid of those blacks, or control them. They’re still there, doing just as much damage, and now you have the Mexis and Pakis on top of that. And the whites who really drive civilization get diluted along with the blacks.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Now if this were an exchange, I’d be all for it. South Africa would be perfect. They could have our blacks, and we’d take their Whites. Remember the tsunami pictures of Japan right after the disaster and six months later, how they immediately started to rebuild? Detroit would be a first world city again in a year or two.

  • WR_the_realist

    This is actually funny. Do those eager visa seekers have any idea what they’re getting into if they move into Detroit? I’m okay with this provided that a wall is built around Detroit and the immigrants aren’t allowed into the rest of the country (but they can always fly back home). Detroit is already lost anyway.

  • sbuffalonative

    … immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.

    9 out of 10 businesses fail in the first year. Starting a business is different from running a successful business. (I really wish people would stop making this start-up statement).

    WHO is filing these patents and are they successful patents? Are they Africans? Muslims? Do these FILED patents pass the patent criteria to be GRANTED patents? As with starting a business, filing a patent does not mean a patent is granted.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Thanks for pointing out the squirrelly language Snyder uses. It seems like they cannot ever tell the truth when it comes to immigration.

      • Brian

        I love how they point to a handful of Russian Jewish emigres like Sergey Brin, or a white South African like Elon Musk, as ‘immigrant success stories’…but then they pull the old bait-and-switch and flood us with Somalis, subcontinentals and Guatemalans. Well, they’re immigrants too! So I’m sure we’ll get the same benefit, right?

  • John K

    Don’t you just love leftist thinking? They destroyed Detroit, once the most prosperous city in America, by flooding it with the black savages, and now they’re going to flood it with the invaders and build barrios over the ruins. Indeed, Detroit is open to the world….the third world.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Something tells me that Mexican would make some improvements and would run blacks out of their communities. I’ve met Mexicans who are hard working, tax-paying family oriented people who strive for the American Dream.

  • Bossman

    What nobody seems to be thinking is that Detroit is right next door to Canada. In fact it may be the city that is closest to Canada. A more liberalized immigration policy for the Canadians would transform Detroit over night. It is all a matter of real estate so Detroit will eventually have a bright future. Blacks initially went to Detroit because they could find jobs there. Now there are less jobs for them there so they may have to move out.

    • Max

      Yeah, it would make it so much easier for all of the Paks, Sikhs, southeast Asians and various black African nomads to move to Detroit from Canada. What a bright future that promises.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Great. Now Canada’s third world immigrants can all leech off the US government, instead of leeching off Canadian taxpayers, which is what they’ve been doing for the last 25 years or so.

      • Bossman

        So Canada does need a more restrictive immigration policy especially for Asians and Africans.

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          Canada needs a repatriation policy more than it needs an immigration policy.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    I just read the title.
    Welcome to Detroit: bring your own spear.
    Now I’ll read the article.

  • MBlanc46

    Indians and Pakis will save Detroit. Sure they will.

  • Why does this dumbass go straight to immigrants? Hasn’t he ever seen Northern Exposure? Offer to pay off student loans for grads who move there and stay for five years.

  • John R

    Yeah, let the immigrants move to Detroit. After all , they can’t really do any more harm to that city. (And I am using the term “city” in it’s broadest sense!)

  • Max

    There should be subsidized EMMIGRATION from Detroit.

  • The Final Solution

    If they can survive for five years in the wastelands of Detroit they can have US citizenship. They should make a reality show out of this.

  • JohnEngelman

    For gentrification to work there has to be at least one source of well paying jobs, and effective law enforcement.

    Effective law enforcement requires a willingness – no, an eagerness – to put more criminals in prison, keep them there longer, and treat them harsher.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Encouraging more third world immigration to Detroit will just make that festering eyesore even worse. If the governor of Michigan really wanted to improve Detroit, he would try to have the city cordoned off and razed to the ground.

    • r j p

      Then the “rats” will scurry … to your and my town.
      And by “rats” I don’t mean Norway rats.

  • Nathanwartooth

    “Snyder’s office has said immigrants created nearly one-third of the
    high-tech businesses in Michigan in the last decade, and he cited a
    study that found for every job that goes to an immigrant, 2.5 are
    created for U.S.-born citizens.”

    Then with our levels of immigration we should have a zero unemployment rate. But we don’t.

    This kind of ridiculous bullcrap is easily logically defeated. I’ll crush it quick, watch this.


    Premise: For every job that goes to an immigrant, 2.5 are created for U.S.-born citizens.

    There are 30 million US born citizens unemployed.

    Conclusion: Allow in 12 million immigrants and our unemployment will be zero.


    Also you could go to infinity with this. His statement is that immigrants always produce 2.5 jobs, so infinity immigrants means infinity jobs. Does that sound right to anyway? Nope, it’s stupid.

    Just like when I hear politicians talk about some line such as “For every 1 dollar in food stamps we collect 2 dollars in taxes!” Well if that were true, then let’s give out infinity food stamps for infinity money. That would certainly solve all of our problems.

    Anything where you could create an infinite loop and create infinite things is obviously wrong. There is not infinity anything in the universe.

  • r j p

    Title should be: Detroit Requests 50K Visas for Mini-Mart/Gas Station Owners.

    White people can get little support to open those types of businesses. A White American takes on the liability of leaking tanks. Patel just goes back to India and then returns under a new name if he is shut down.

    John Cougar Mellencamp sang a song that went (I think):
    Ain’t that America, Patel and me.
    Aint’ that America, Vijay and me.
    Ain’t that America, …. interest free loans they can bail on, but not you or me.

  • r j p

    Can one go “deer” hunting in Detroit?

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      It’s not the deer that need to be “taken out” in Detroit.

  • Head ’em up, move ’em out, keep those immigrants moving…to america….

    Hell bent for leather, any kind of weather…immigrating till the end of the line….

    This story is a great example of the “america as a livestock operation” meme that I find useful.

    America is being operated by the elite as a livestock operation. We are human cattle, not citizens.

    more human cattle the elite can cram into america, the more their
    profits, the higher home prices go, the lower wages go, the higher
    corporate revenues go, the higher GDP goes.

    More workers, more consumers, more workers, more consumers for the elite to use and exploit.

    Mo’ money, mo money, mo money….

    Growth Uber Alles!
    GDP Uber Alles!

    More more MOAR immigrants!

    It’s a ponzi scheme….

    What is the “end of the line”? Is it ‘turtles all the way down’?

    • The “end of the line” is he with the most toys wins.

      Wins what, I have no clue.

      • Ograf

        Wins nothing.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yes. All immigrants should be sent straight to Detroit, especially all illegal aliens. Let them go to Detroit instead of ruining perfectly good cities in California, Texas and Arizona. Why not let them have a place that is already ruined?

    In a couple of weeks, they’ll be begging to be sent back to Mexico City, Jalisco, Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador, Belize which are orderly and civilized by comparison.

    Title is wrong, BTW:

    Michigan Seeks Visas to Lure Immigrants Democrats to Detroit

  • Alexandra1973

    You do that, make very sure to take down the bridge on Woodward Avenue that goes over Eight Mile, and wall that city off.

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    It’s the people that live there that destroyed Detroit. This needs to be emphasized over and over again. There is NO hope of rehabbing or saving Detroit as long as the people who destroyed it are still there, and they should stay there. Let them live in the hell they created.

  • Evette Coutier

    Folks, I hate to say this but the Hispanic immigrants are a significant improvement over the blacks of Detroit. At least SOME of them are looking for work.

    • kjh64

      Wild grizzly bears would be an improvement over the Blacks of Detroit. At least grizzly’s won’t rob and rape you.

  • Evette Coutier

    What’s the world’s longest bridge? Detroit’s ambassador bridge. It spans from Canada to Africa.

    • Laika

      Then it should be blown up immediately.

  • Rodney S

    The minute the immigrants see how blacks act in Detroit, they will leave for Miami. Detroit will be a gateway city for Asian immigration (invasion?).

  • De Doc

    I guess the governor finally realized that the regular denizens of Detroit will never be able dig themselves out of their own self-made hole. I seriously doubt that educated immigrant entrepreneurs will correct the situation though.

  • jackryanvb

    If this governor had a real plan to make a new “Chinatown ” with say 100,000 Han Chinese, a Greektown of 10,000 Greeks a Little Italy of 5,000 Italians, yeah this immigrant welcome program would work. But, instead it’ s the Zionist utopian Ezra Lazarus wish/curse to welcome the huddled masses of immigrants from “The World” yearning to breath free and we end up with illiterate HIV+ Somalian Bantu Muslims, Castro clearing out his jails. Lot’s of supposedly Conservative Republicans are now making these grand immigration welcoming speeches to curry favor with the cursed anti White MSM mainstream media .

    • blight14

      Well stated…….said ‘utopians’ seem to refrain from this practice themselves though…..hmmmm, strange….

  • Steven

    Just another example of how our capitalistic system is unable to survive without an ever increasing supply of cheap labor and needy consumers – like logs in a furnace. The whole point of any immigration policy, legal or otherwise, is to fuel the economic system. Additionally, the same response many here have to the “less than human” immigrant continues to be the same monotonous droll as was heard in previous eras. Whether they are Poles, Italians, Irish, Oakies, or Jews, newcomers have been consistently labeled as lazy, ignorant, inherently criminal, and filthy. I imagine it makes one feel better to demean another?

  • IstvanIN

    Every problem can be solved by selling out your nation, culture and people. Sigh.

    • Laika

      This applies ONLY to White nations. AFAIK, there isn’t a non-white hostile elite in any Asian country jumping up and down and demanding that China, Japan, Thailand, etc. flood itself with 3rd world scum to atone for past bad acts, erase “Asian privilege” and become diverse and multicultural.

      It’s white genocide and it’s happening in white and only white countries. We are passed the point of no return, unfortunately and must seek a third way: a complete break from non-whites by forming our own living area for our people and only our people. Otherwise, our history, culture and unique DNA will disappear.

      • benvad

        Actually there are idiots here in Japan where I live. Case in point Tony Laszlo, director of an anti-discrimination organisation in Tokyo.

        Here’s what he’s spewing to the Japanese, leftist bulk.

        “In 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, you have to ask yourself who is going to be finding the holes in the tunnel and patching them up so people don’t die, who is going to be climbing the buildings to wash the windows, who is going to be building bridges and fixing bridges, and the answer is you don’t have these people,” he said.

        • benvad

          You notice the leader promoting importing Africans to Japan is a liberal white american idiot? So predictable.

  • Laika

    Shows that the GOP is the same party as the Democrats. We are being ruled by a uni-party.

  • kjh64

    Why import foreigners, when Detroit is just chock full of hard-working, industrious Blacks
    who just want a chance to work? Hahahaha

  • blight14

    Well I’ll be, what a great idea…….what could possibly go wrong?

  • Herman

    The hordes of immigrants pouring into Detroit will stay long enough until they find a white area to move to.