Conservative columnist George Will: 'I'm for as much immigration as the economy can take'

Conservative columnist and author George Will told Hill.TV that he supports as much immigration as the economy can take, citing an aging workforce and millions of unfilled jobs.

“In a country with the baby boomers are retiring, where we have an aging workforce where we have 7 million unfilled jobs at the moment and we have people clamoring to get into our country and get to work, I’m for as much immigration as the economy can take,” Will, who no longer identifies as a member of the Republican Party, said during an appearance on “Rising.”

“The economy needs immigration just as much as the immigrants need the American economy,” he added.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported in February that job openings jumped more than 2 percent in December to 7.3 million and it looks like those jobs are still holding strong.

According to the latest jobs report, released last week, the U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April, topping expectations. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped to its lowest since 1969.

The strong jobs report is good news for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE, who hopes to make the economy a key issue going into 2020.

Trump declared over the weekend that if former President Obama had made the deals he has done, a national holiday would be immediately declared in his honor.

“If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and for the Economy, the Corrupt Media would be hailing them as Incredible, & a National Holiday would be immediately declared,” Trump tweeted.

The comment comes after Trump struck a deal with Mexico, averting plans to place sweeping tariffs on the country. Trump plans to give Mexico 90 days to comply with the agreement before potentially seeking to punish the country once again over the flow of migrants at the U.S. southern border.

 —Tess Bonn