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- Mulvaney made the comments while speaking to an audience of several hundred people at Oxford Union in England.
- Mulvaney praised Canada and Australia’s immigration systems.
- The White House chief of staff underscored the fact immigrants must enter the country in a “legal fashion.”
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told a private gathering that the U.S. “needs more immigrants” to drive economic growth, according to the Washington Post.
“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney told a crowd of several hundred people at the Oxford Union in England, according to the Post.
“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.”
Mulvaney noted that the Trump administration wants those immigrants to come into the U.S. in a “legal fashion.” The White House chief of staff told the crowd that despite President Trump’s “anti-immigrant” reputation, the administration wants more foreign workers.
Mulvaney praised Canada and Australia’s immigration systems and said the Trump administration is looking to embrace a similar model, adding, “We are very interested in expanding that.”
Mulvaney’s comments seem to be at odds with policies pushed by some top officials in the Trump administration, including senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has been working to restrict legal as well as illegal immigration.
The number of immigration visas the State Department has issued since Trump took office has fallen 17 percent, according to the Washington Post.