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Michigan seeks visas to draw immigrants to Detroit

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DETROIT — Governor Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.

The Republican governor has routinely touted immigration as a powerful potential force for growing Detroit’s economy, saying immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.

‘‘Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,’’ Snyder said at a news conference.

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