Trump Jobs Boast Undercuts New High-Skill Immigration Restrictions

Donald Trump’s recent effusive remarks on jobs and the U.S. economy contradict the administration’s legal and policy rationale for imposing new immigration restrictions on H-1B visa holders, international students and others, note attorneys and analysts.

“This is outstanding, what’s happened today,” said President Trump in remarks on June 5, 2020, after the release of the latest jobs report. “Now, they thought the number would be a loss of 9 million jobs, and it was a gain of almost 3 million jobs. . . . I think it was incredible in a couple of ways. Number one, the numbers are great, and this leads us on to a long period of growth. We’ll have the greatest – we’ll go back to having the greatest economy anywhere in the world. Nothing close.” (Emphasis added.)

Trump predicted the economy would continue to improve. “And I think we’re going to have a very good upcoming few months,” he said. “I think you’re going to have a very good August, a very good July, but a spectacular – maybe spectacular September, but a spectacular October, November, December. And next year is going to be one of the best years we’ve ever had, economically. And if you look at the numbers, they bear it out.” Chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow made similar statements. And in June 10, 2020, Senate testimony, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said, “We remain confident that the overall economy will continue to improve dramatically in the third and fourth quarters.” (Note: article was updated to reflect Mnuchin testimony.)


Published: 10 June 2020

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