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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.

terry simms July 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Surely our esteemed mayor must be joking!! While I have no problem with foreign citizens wanting to come here, I suggest that they do so LEGALLY, thereby making things simpler for themselves and the rest of us. Why should illegal immigrants be entitled to the same benefits/services that legal residents have to WORK for most of their lives? One thing that really annoys me is her instruction to police and social agencies regarding an immigrant's status. I feel that Ms. Rawlings-Blake should revisit that one.
Daniel Ewald July 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Is the administration focusing on the "migrants" coming to fill the jobs on APG? All the military personnel, the scientists, and support staff could have their families live in the city and commute via the AmTrak line to Aberdeen.
ralahinn1 July 26, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Best thing to be done with the illegal immigrants is to turn them over to ice so they can be sent back to their countries of origin, where ever it might be. How is the city to jail legal American citizens for any crime, yet allow foreign nationals in to take advantage of goods and services that belong to American people? Baltimore should be concentrating their efforts on legal residents, not illegal invaders
Sean Tully July 27, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Of course the Mayor should focus on attracting immigrants to Baltimore City. The great cities of the Northeast were built and populated by immigrants. It is the only way Baltimore is going to have any chance at a comeback. But the Mayor will have to do more to keep the new residents because, just like the old immigrants, once they climb the ladder and can afford to move they will.
John T. July 27, 2012 at 04:37 AM
If the mayor wants to grow the city's population, why not do it the right way - compete for legal citzens living in the counties. You have to be able to offer something -lower crime, lower taxes, better schools. Good Luck!
Sean Tully July 27, 2012 at 05:08 AM
John T., it isn't going to happen. Baltimore City has so much disfunction that we must keep above water with our taxes that it will never break free from them. Once the immigrants get established, they too will move on. Only suckers like me stay year in and year out.
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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