Rick Snyder on Immigration
Welcome Syrian refugees to Michigan, after full review
Gov. Rick Snyder had bucked many fellow Republican leaders by welcoming refugees to Michigan, which has a large Arab-American population. But he said Sunday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees
until federal officials fully review security procedures and clearances. Snyder said that while he is proud of the state's history of immigration, its "first priority is protecting the safety of our residents."
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis
, Nov 16, 2015
50,000 skilled worker visas to repopulate Detroit
Snyder unveiled a proposal that calls for the US government to allocate 50,000 special visas over the next five years to lure highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit. Snyder's plan, which would need to be implemented by
the US government, is aimed at bringing jobs to the city while stemming an exodus of residents. Detroit's population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950.
The EB-2 visas would be aimed at individuals with advanced degrees and
exceptional skills in fields like the auto industry and life sciences, Snyder said. EB-2 visas allow individuals with special talents to enter the country without a job offer. There is no precedent for special visas to be issued for a specific geographic
area, Snyder said. But he compared the program to a current one that grants visas to physicians who agree to work in under-served areas.
"Where else could you find a house for the prices you're going to find here? It's a good deal," Snyder said.
Source: Reuters on 2014 Michigan Governor's race
, Jan 23, 2014
Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate
We will encourage immigrants with advanced college degrees to come to Michigan to live and work. We need to be a place that openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to come to our state. The evidence is clear that advance college degree immigrants
make a tremendous difference in creating a positive economic activity environment that benefits us all. Half of the startups in Silicon Valley have a foreign national as a founder. It is time we embrace this concept as a way to speed our reinvention.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address
, Jan 19, 2011
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