"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for highly skilled immigrants willing to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit for five years. "Let's send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world," Snyder said at a news conference. The proposal involves EB-2 visas, which are offered every year to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields like the auto industry, information technology, health care and life sciences, Snyder said at an event announcing the proposal. But the governor's plan faces significant hurdles: The visas are not currently allocated by region or state. And the number he is seeking — 50,000 over five years — would be a quarter of the total EB-2 visas offered." - Al Jazeera, wire services, Jan. 23, 2014.