Support For Gov. Snyders Immigration Plan
Many people come to Michigan with student visas, get their degrees, and then go back home. To help Michigan that needs to change according to Governor Rick Snyder.
During his State of the State Address he said he not only wants to attract more immigrants to Michigan, but he wants to keep them here.
From migrant worker to restaurant owner, having a business in Michigan is a goal with limited opportunity for immigrants.
"My dad always had an eyesight for Lansing. He wanted to open a restaurant one day," said former owner of Famous Taco, Frank DeLacruze Jr.
DeLacruze built Famous Taco with his father (who wasn't born in the U.S.) to the bustling business it is today, employing more than a dozen workers.
It's entrepreneurs like them that Governor Snyder is trying to bring to the state.
"To own a business and say this is mine, it makes you feel good," said DeLacruze.
In his State of the State Address Governor Snyder announced the vision to create a Michigan Office for New Americans.
"Hiring high skilled workers, undocumented workers, border control; it's a lot of complexity when dealing with immigration. He's willing to look it square in the face," said Peter Briggs, MSU Director of International Students.
The governor believes making Michigan more welcoming to foreigners will create more jobs, not take them away from Americans.
"What I see is the talent that is there. I wish everybody could see what I see in terms of how smart they are and the leadership they show," said Briggs.
Michigan would become an EB-5 state, giving green cards to international investors that contribute a half million dollars and employ at least ten American workers for two years.
But there are complications, federal immigration regulations would need to be changed.
"What Snyder is doing is taking a national leadership role saying these laws need to change," said Briggs.
If a Michigan Office for New Americans is created foreign investors will not be turned away from filling the empty store fronts that plague many of our cities.
"We certainly would welcome them into our community. Especially if they're bringing money," said Doug Klein, with the Mason Chamber of Commerce.