[Ed. – Lucky Syrians, huh. Really, Bill, what are the American Detroiters — chopped liver? A valley of dry bones? The remains of Chernobyl? It’s so typical of Democrats to frame the project as rebuilding the city, rather than empowering the people. How about you don’t get to decide what the future of Detroit is — but instead we encourage the city to unleash its people to do great things?]
In a previously little-noticed video from February at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton suggested that the U.S. use Syrian refugees to rebuild Detroit.
“The truth is that the big loser in this over the long run is going to be Syria. This is an enormous opportunity for Americans,” Bill Clinton said about the Syrian migrant crisis.
Detroit has 10,000 empty, structurally sound houses—10,000. And lot of jobs to be had repairing those houses. Detroit just came out of bankruptcy and the mayor’s trying to do an innovative sort of urban homesteading program there. But it just gives you an example of what could be done. And I think any of us who have ever had any personal experience with either Syrian Americans or Syrian refugees think it’s a pretty good deal.