What in the world? Trump now wants MORE legal immigrantsBrighter lamp at golden door?
Donald Trump is not known for speaking precisely or with consistency, especially when he goes off script. Naturally, there was confusion over whether he meant what he said when, discussing legal immigration in his State of the Union speech, he ad-libbed a desire to bring in "the largest numbers ever.”
On Wednesday, Trump said he meant it. And yes, it's a scuttling of past policy.
"We need people in our country because our unemployment numbers are so low, and we have massive numbers of companies coming back into our country," Trump said in a session with regional reporters. "I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in,” the president said.
Details did not immediately follow on what he would change. Trump has previously endorsed policies to reduce overall immigration the U.S. by 50% in 10 years. He has called for a merit-based system, and end to "chain migration" based on family ties and turned up his nose with memorably disgusting words at would-be arrivals from places like Haiti and African countries, preferring those from nations like Norway.
Legal immigration fell in the 2018 fiscal year, according to Politico. Conservative-leaning groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have called for an expansion. Trump's rethinking “is a welcome development, as businesses across many industries have conveyed to us that they are unable to meet their workforce needs,” Jon Baselice, the chamber's director of immigration policy, told USA Today.
But there were cries of betrayal from advocates of sharp cuts in legal immigration who have counted Trump as their champion. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, had thought earlier that "the largest numbers ever" was just the kind of empty superlative that the president inserts practically into every other sentence. Now he warns that Trump's base would bolt.
“The president has said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his base would stay with him, and that’s probably true. But this is one thing that he won’t be able to get away with,” Krikorian told Bloomberg News.
עניוועי ס'מוז נאך אלץ נישט מיינען אז ס'איז עפעס א טויש אין פאליסי, געדענק איך אז ביי זיין פראסקעס אויסטויש מיט דזשים אקאסטע האט ער געזאגט ענליכע ווערטער און גארנישט האט זיך געטוישט.