Occasionally....oddball stories pop up.
This week....the governor for Michigan....Rick Snyder....came up and asked the federal government for a 'favor'.
What Governor Rick wants.....is thousands of regular work visas.....50,000 to be precise....over five years....to be reserved for Detroit, period. Not the state of Michigan or surrounding regions....but Detroit city itself.
It's a fair-sized request. First....you consider that the work visas....EB-2 type....there are only 40,000 of these visas issued each year, period. So governor Rick wants 5,000 of the 40,000....just for one city.
Normally, the rules don't dictate where you go, with the EB-2 visa. It will dictate which area of the world gets offered the visas (like India gets this number per year, and China gets this number per year). They've never stood there and said 5,000 folks coming into the US....have to go to California, or Texas, or Orlando. So this is a fair sized request and change.
What's the intention? Governor Rick says that it'd bring a boom economic period to Detroit. New fresh faces.....new energy....new company growth. Folks would be forced to relocate engineering services, or software developmental companies....into Detroit. This is a method of capitalism that has rarely been used in the past.
Most folks from the business community ought to be a bit worried and very negative about this. They don't want to be forced into a corner....about where they build or expand into. Who the heck would want to establish a 700-person division in Detroit City?
The other side of this coin....what idiot in Bombay or Peking....would beg for a work visa....to come and work in Detroit? They'd have to know the whole story (packing a pistol twenty-four hours a day, and vast neighborhoods totally deserted).
Would a guy living in a third-world community in Egypt....volunteer to come to Detroit to work? It's a good question. Heck, it might even be worth a History Channel series like the Duck Dynasty crowd....Me-Jung and his cousin Joe-Mung.....living and working in Detroit City.
The folks working against Governor Rick? Well....several Detroit community leaders came out and said this would take jobs away from the long established locals. They could be right about this....but considering that forty percent of Detroit residents probably can't pass a drug-test, and at least twenty-percent of the city's adults have some arrest record or jail-time.....there might not be much hope for this logic of defeating Governor Rick.
So finally, I come to this odd observation. If this works in Detroit City....why not try it in Bama or west Texas? If we come five years into the future and the gimmick of immigration visas defined for certain areas where you must settle.....is a success, it opens up a number of questions.
Maybe the current immigration reform ideas are goofed up. Maybe we ought to say.....you can stay, declare yourself, and become a US citizen....but there's a limit in each state, and the state legislature will determine what that number will be....not a bunch of fed guys or elected House or Senate dimwits. We might all start looking at immigration reform in a different way. And the national media folks would lose a major topic of discussion....as would both political parties. We'd tend to our own backyard, and not let some guy 2,000 miles away dictate the size, shape, or slant-factor of our backyard. Life might get simple.