Michigan Governor to Washington: Detroit Needs Immigrants

State wants special permits issued for 50,000 skilled foreigners

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Rebecca Cook / Reuters

Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder (C) is acknowledged by the Assembly before his annual State of the State address at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan January 16, 2014.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants the federal government to allow more immigrants to work in bankrupt Detroit.

On Thursday, Snyder unveiled a proposal calling on Washington to provide 50,000 special visas for highly skilled foreigners willing to work in Detroit, in order to end the precipitous downward spiral the Motor City has been in for decades.

“Again, they made it clear they don’t have dollar resources to necessarily help, but isn’t this a great way that doesn’t involve large-scale financial contributions from the federal government to do something dramatic in Detroit?” Snyder told reporters, according to NBC.

Snyder, a Republican, has both the support of Detroit’s Democrat mayor along with members of the city council.