Migratory movements have been a constant throughout the history of mankind, often due to political, social, economic, or natural disasters. However, the hope for better conditions of life and work has always been crucial to all those who choose immigration. The arrival of immigrants into the country encourages the creation of more business, and therefore creates more jobs. The American dream is more than just a fantasy for millions of worldwide citizens. It is an opportunity to seek a better life style for people in need.
Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities, which breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident. There are many houses available for sale in Detroit for $500 or less. Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent. In 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation. Immigration presents an opportunity to help fill the void in Detroit and contribute to economic development. This, however, would require the immigration processes to be made easier and more available.
. Governor Rick Snyder supports immigration in Michigan and has worked to reform the system. Snyder has worked with the Federal government to create more employment-based visas for experienced immigrants. He has planned to bring 50,000 new immigrants to live and work in Detroit over the next five years. These will be given to immigrants seeking to commit to work in Detroit. With the creation of the Michigan Office for New Americans, Snyder intends to invite and welcome those immigrants with entrepreneurial skills to stay in Michigan, to build companies and employ American citizens.
Governor Snyder cannot guarantee that these new immigrants will stay in Detroit instead of going to Chicago or other cities to find new opportunities. Detroit is not the only city in the United States that needs help from overseas. Several American cities are facing problems as well and should also be able to support increased immigration. Immigration creates jobs. In 2011, twenty-eight per cent of small businesses were created by immigrants and seven out of ten of world’s prized brands were created by United States immigrants or their children. In the last ten years, immigrants created one-third of the high-tech businesses in Michigan. These immigrants with high-tech abilities create jobs for American workers. Every high skilled immigrant that comes to the United States opens two and a half additional jobs for an American citizen.
Despite support to increase immigration in Detroit to help with its financial crisis, Michigan has, on the other hand, failed to help young students from other countries who want to pursue their education in the states. At Michigan State University while in-State students pay $22,450 for their tuition, international student are obligated to pay $51,454. The exchange rate for most countries makes this even more problematic. Affording to study in the United Sates is becoming a luxury. Representative Sam Singh, (D, East Lansing) has said: “Nowadays only the ‘rich kids’ from other countries can afford to come here (Michigan) and study in an American University”.
The Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan was created in 2011 to use the talents of international students to help build a stronger economy in Michigan. This program is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the New Economy Initiative initially designed after an immigration impact study on Michigan. The results of these studies showed that international students contribute to the economy and result in more employment in the state. GTRI collaborates with Governor Snyder’s office and over 30 Universities in Michigan. The GTRI purpose is to help international students with training, assists with immigration rules and knowledge on how to find a job in Michigan after graduation. Governor Snyder wants qualified international students to come to Michigan, and supports this program in order to familiarize these students with the hiring process in Michigan.
Even though Michigan government has been creating programs to facilitate international students lives, it does not makes it cheaper for them. As an international student at Michigan State University, I put my education first and came to the United States to follow my dreams. These expensive dreams have put my family in an uncomfortable financial situation. The future for students like myself is uncertain. Questions such as employment and being able to obtain a H1 visa can still be problematic, despite the efforts of the GTRI. Immigration should be encouraged not only for the development of Detroit, but also to increase the number of qualified students who want to come to the United States.
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