After calling for the "the largest numbers ever" of immigration during his State of the Union speech to Congress on Tuesday, Pres. Trump doubled down on that call on Wednesday. In a gathering with regional reporters, the President said "we need people."
Pres. Trump has been consistent in his calls to end chain migration and the visa lottery -- two of NumbersUSA's top priorities. But he's also been consistent in his support for more legal immigration even though he called for a "pause" in legal immigration when he first announced his candidacy for the White House.
"I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in," he told a group of reporters from regional newspapers. "We need people."
Pres. Trump was asked directly if it was a change in policy for the Administration.
"Yes, because 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."
The standard unemployment rate stands at 4.0%, but there remains 50 million working-age Americans not in the labor force. The U-6 unemployment rate, which counts the number of people who want a full-time job, but can't find one, sits at 8.1% or 13 million.
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Updated: Fri, Feb 8th 2019 @ 10:15am EST