Rick Snyder believes in the power of people. The Michigan governor has asked the federal government to provide thousands of work visas to talented immigrants willing to settle in Detroit. He recognizes the economic potential, such immigrants more likely to play the successful entrepreneur, bringing vibrancy and jobs to their communities.

Actually, the idea should be applied across the Great Lakes region, Washington creating a pathway for immigrants to land in Akron, Cleveland and other aging industrial cities in much larger numbers. Ask Chicagoans. Crucial to the revival of their city the past decade or more has been the growth and energy of the Latino community.