Mulvaney Says U.S. Is ‘Desperate’ For More Legal Immigrants To Fuel Economy
The United States needs more legal immigrants in order to sustain the economic growth experienced under President Donald Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday.
“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, which appear to be at odds with the overall Trump administration goal of reducing both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S.
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.
Trump himself has claimed that the U.S. simply has no more room to accept immigrants, saying during a trip to the southern border last year: “Our country is full. Can’t take you anymore . . . so turn around.”
But Mulvaney struck an entirely different tone on Wednesday, telling the crowd that the Trump administration would like to model America’s immigration system after those of Canada and Australia.