Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House Chief of Staff, recently shocked everyone during a statement to an audience in England when he said that the U.S. is “desperate” for immigrants to help with the country’s economic growth, according to The Washington Post.
Mulvaney said to the audience of several hundred people at the Oxford Union, “We are desperate — desperate — for more people… 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.”
Although he stressed that they must come into the country in a “legal fashion,” this statement surprised many, given the Trump administration’s controversial policies on immigration.
Trump himself has been quoted as saying, “Our country is full. Can’t take you anymore… so turn around” directly to people at the southern border.
The Trump administration has been adamant about cutting down ANY type of immigration- even legal. Immigrant visas are even harder to come by than ever, having been cut more than 25% since 2016.
Farms have faced tough struggles because the crackdown on immigrants mean less people to fill manual labor jobs.
Mulvaney insisted, though, that Trump DOES want foreign workers.
Trump said last year at the annual farm convention in New Orleans that he intended to “make it easier” for immigrant workers to come to fill those type of jobs, saying “You need those people.”
Will farmers be able to find the laborers they need? Amid debilitating trade wars, this is just another struggle farmers don’t need. Farm bankruptcies are up 24% in the last year and more than ever, farm income is reliant on government insurance and subsidies.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that immigrants are a drain on the U.S.economy, but data says that’s just simply not true. According to a 2017 study in the journal The National Academies of Science, foreign-born workers add about $2 trillion to the economy annually. Not quite the drain Trump would want everyone to believe.
Mulvaney also slammed Republicans for allowing Trump to have his way with the federal debt.
The Post reported that he said, “My party is very interested in deficits when there is a Democrat in the White House… The worst thing in the whole world is deficits when Barack Obama was the president. Then Donald Trump became president, and we’re a lot less interested as a party.”
Back in October, Mulvaney contradicted the White House again when he indicated that there was a quid pro quo in the Ukraine matter.
He told reporters, “We do that all the time with foreign policy… There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy. Get over it.”