In stark contrast to the administration’s policy of restricting legal immigration ala Miller, FOX, etc., Thiessen states the obvious: we need more immigrants or we cannot prosper.
Not just high tech jobs, but seasonal labor supplies are not meeting demands. We already have 1.7 million Dreamers who are as American as anyone born here. Many well educated, some even business owners. In addition there are millions of long term undocumented migrants in the shadows that would be a great asset to the US if given legal status.
Add those to the work visas we need to increase, not cut back, and we might start filling those millions of jobs not being filled. Ironically Trump could’ve had his wall fully funded, Dreamers taken care of and adjustments to legal immigration. Not every detail that Miller and his believers wanted, but that is part of governing and the real art of a deal.
Yes we have a flood if asylum seekers that must be vetted and handled with humanity within our laws. A wall won’t help, but more judges, patrol officers and temporary holding areas would.
This populist nationalism that has infected the administration and its ardent supporters is blind to what we need for our economic well being. Even Thiessen sees that…and that alone is saying something.