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You Tell Us: Should City Growth Efforts Focus on Immigrants?

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Earlier this week, a Washington Post article detailed how Baltimore City is banking on immigrants to help grow the city’s population again.

The article cites Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s instructions to police and social agencies not to inquire about a person’s immigration status as an example of how the city is trying to make itself more attractive to immigrants.

Rawlings-Blake also may boost the city's standing with immigrants by supporting the state's DREAM act, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants who graduate from a Maryland high school to pay in state tuition. 

Rawlings-Blake has repeated her goal to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families in the next 10 years, and reverse the census trend that shows the city losing population, leaving the Baltimore with an estimated 619,493 residents in April of 2011.

What Do You Think of Growing the City with Immigrants? Tell us in the Comments.

John Hayden July 27, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Baltimore has always been a city of migrants, people looking to work and better themselves: Polish, Irish, Germans, Italians and Greeks from Europe; African-Americans from the rural South; Scotch-Irish from Appalachia; Pennsylvanians, especially from Pittsburgh; and more recently, immigrants from Asia, Africa, Central America and South America. Doesn't matter where they come from, what language they speak, whether they have or don't have certain legal documents. Migrants have always bolstered the growth and economic prosperity of Baltimore, to the benefit of one and all. Now more than ever, it's a no-brainer. All big cities want more people, more energy, more business. Everyone benefits.
Help Save Maryland.org July 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The Mayor, who looks and acts like Michelle Obama, has clearly gone off the deep end. "Inviting" illegal alien criminals into Baltimore will cause a massive drain on social services and cause crime to skyrocket even further. We don't need more people on welfare and dropping out of our overcrowded schools. Everyone loses. This Mayor needs to be railroaded out of town.
Joe Schmigel July 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Absolutely! We should welcome diversity in this great city. We were ALL immigrants once, except Native Americans, whose land and culture we expropriated. The immigrant population shows by their intelligence, hard work, and taxes that Baltimore is a better city because of them.
John T. July 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I need to add MIGRANT to the long list we use to describe ILLEGALS. WOW!
John T. July 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Sean T. Maybe you need to move out like thousands of the good people that used to call Balto. City home. Don't be the last guy man on a sinking ship. Save that for the Captain, or in this case, the Mayor.

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