Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is touting a new visa program to flood small American towns with legal immigrants to grow the regions’ populations — a boon to corporate investors, housing developers, and big business.
Speaking at a campaign event with veterans in Merrimack less than a week before the New Hampshire primary, Buttigieg explained his new visa program.
“I’m proposing what we call ‘Community Renewal Visas’ that when a community that is very much in need of growing its population, recognizes that, and makes a choice to welcome more than its share of new Americans that we create a fast-track, if they apply for an allotment of visas, that goes to those who are willing to be in those areas that maybe are hurting for population but have great potential.”
According to Buttigieg's campaign website, “These visas will be targeted toward counties that have lost prime-working-age population over the last 10 years, and smaller cities that are struggling to keep pace economically with larger cities.”
"Places like Storm Lake inspired my plan for community renewal visas to attract immigrants to areas experiencing population decline, and strengthen my faith that we can manage our border in accordance with our values and our laws." - @PeteButtigieg https://t.co/XF4z3ChDAx— Celeste Banda 🇺🇸 (@cst4324) January 4, 2020
Read Buttigieg's immigration policy white paper below.