Pres. Trump picked Kevin Hassett to become the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Breitbart News reports. Hassett has been an outspoken supporter of higher immigration levels and outsourcing American jobs.
Hassett was a former economist at the American Enterprise Institute where he often wrote that America needs for more foreign workers.
In his article Hassett wrote, "... If the U.S. doubled its total immigration and prioritized bringing in new workers, it could add more than half a percentage point a year to expected GDP growth.”
While suggesting that doubling immigration levels would help the U.S. economy Hassett has never addressed the effects higher immigration has on taxpayers or how outsourcing has replaced American workers.
Although a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) showed that low-skilled immigrants generate gross economic benefits for the economy, it also found that each new unskilled immigrant costs state and local taxpayers $1,600 per year.
“It would be nice, considering how important the immigration issue has been to Trump, to have gotten an economist to this position who was at least not a booster for higher immigration,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
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Updated: Thu, Apr 27th 2017 @ 9:40am EDT