Has the White House gone soft on immigration? Or do they see economic growth as a higher priority in the coming months? Mick Mulvaney definitely left the impression on attendees at a private meeting in the UK that the Trump administration wants more dynamism to keep the expansion rolling, telling them that the US is “desperate” to get more immigrants into the US.
Donald Trump’s chief of staff emphasized that they want legal immigration, but even that cuts against the grain of their policy up to this point, as the Washington Post points out:
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told a crowd at a private gathering in England on Wednesday night that the Trump administration “needs more immigrants” for the U.S. economy to continue growing, according to a audio recording of his remarks obtained by The Washington Post.
“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said. “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.”
The Trump administration wants those immigrants to come in a “legal fashion,” Mulvaney said, according to the recording.
Mulvaney’s remarks appear in contrast to the public position of several top figures in Trump’s White House — especially that of senior policy adviser Stephen Miller — who have been working to slash both legal and illegal immigration via a slew of policies that aim to close off the U.S. border to foreigners. They have insisted 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.