Donald Trump doesn’t find the value in immigrants from “shithole” countries — but he couldn’t be more wrong.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the president who opened his campaign with a rant about Mexicans being rapists, railed against the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier, claimed that an Indiana-born judge should recuse himself from a Trump case because he’s “a Mexican, “ blamed “both sides” for a woman killed by a white supremacist, called for the execution of five men of coloring for international crimes they didn’t perpetrate, and spent years speculating about whether or not the country’s first black chairwoman was actually born in America would say something so overtly racist … but that’s exactly what he did on Thursday, Jan. 11.
“Why do we want all these people from shithole countries “re coming”? ” Trump reportedly asked during a bipartisan meeting with senators on immigration. By “shithole countries, ” he apparently entailed Haiti, El Salvador, and the entire continent of Africa. According to the report, he guesses the U.S. should seek out immigrants from countries like Norway( i.e. white countries ).
While he’s tried to distance himself from specific comments, it’s been confirmed by others in the room.
Trump met with members of Congress on Monday to discuss immigration. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images.
The truth is that it genuinely cannot be overstated how important immigrants are to the U.S ., including — and perhaps especially — those from the countries Trump slurred.
A November 2017 report by New American Economy, a non-partisan organization for comprehensive immigration reform, sheds light on some of the contributions made by people in these countries. Focusing on immigrants from Sub-Saharan African nations, the group observed the following 😛 TAGEND
In 2015, African immigrants earned $55.1 billion, contributing $10.1 billion in federal taxes and $4.7 billion in nation and local taxes.
73.4% of these immigrants are between the ages of 25 and 64. This is an age range many consider to be prime running years, in which people are most likely to have a net-positive effect on the economy.( In comparison, less than half of the U.S.-born population falls into this age bracket .)
There’s a big demand for health care workers, and it’s constantly growing. The report found that in 2015, there were more open positions in the health care industry than there were unemployed workers with relevant experience. Nearly 30% of African immigrants take over work in this field, providing some much-needed stability.
As of 2015, there were more than 90,000 African-born entrepreneurs in the U.S ., creating jobs for hundreds of thousands of individuals.
40% of African-born immigrants have at least a bachelor’s degree, attaining them better-educated than the U.S. population as a whole.