Refugees Rebuilding Detroit? Bill Clinton's Proposal Raises Eyebrows
With Donald Trump making a much-anticipated trip to Detroit this weekend, some remarks former President Bill Clinton made about the "Motor City" earlier this year are making waves.
At the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative in February, Clinton suggested that Syrian refugees could be brought to Detroit to help rebuild the city, calling it an "enormous opportunity for Americans."
"Detroit has 10,000 empty, structurally sound houses — 10,000," Clinton said. "And lot of jobs are 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.”
Trump responded to the former president's controversial idea in an interview with Breitbart, calling it "crazy" and "unfair" to the people of Detroit.
"We shouldn’t have [Syrian refugees] in the country,” Trump said. “We don’t know who these people are. We have no idea. This could be the all time great Trojan horse. We have no idea who they are. The whole thing is ridiculous."
"Number one: We should build safe zones over in Syria, that’s what we should have, and we should have the Gulf states fund them. It’s just crazy. We ought to be building safe zones in Syria and not taking these people in – whether it’s Detroit or anywhere else."
Watch the "Bull & Bears" panel react above.