Mulvaney Says U.S. Is ‘Desperate’ For More Immigrants To Fuel Economy
The United States needs more legal immigrants in order to sustain the economic growth experienced over the last few years.
“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said, according to audio of his remarks obtained by The Washington Post. “We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years.”
“We need more immigrants” who come in the “legal fashion,” he added.
Mulvaney reportedly was speaking at a private gathering in England when he made the remarks.
The Post noted that some administration officials, particularly senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, have worked to draw down the number of immigrants coming into the country “through a slew of policies that aim to close off the U.S. border to foreigners.”
These officials maintain that “the steady arrival of newcomers depresses wages for the blue-collar U.S. workers whose votes helped lift Trump to the presidency in 2016,” The Post reported.
On Wednesday Mulvaney had a different tone than most would expect, telling the crowd that he would like to model America’s immigration system after those of Canada and Australia.