UPDATED 7:31 AM PT – Wednesday, July 17, 2019
A 2020 Democrat hopeful is taking a unique approach to illegal immigration by claiming the U.S. economy needs undocumented workers. Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak made the comment Tuesday.
The Democrat said he believes in protecting the U.S. border, but also in protecting the economy. Sestak then pointed out the U.S. birth rate has been inadequate over the past few decades. Therefore, he believes immigration of all types, including undocumented, has played a major role in sustaining growth.
The 2020 presidential hopeful pointed to countries like Japan, who has faced a similar problem with birth rates, to demonstrate how the economy could be affected.
“If it were not for immigration of all types we would have been in a population dust pile, not unlike Japans which as you know, their economy stagnated the last two decades largely because of that,” he explained. “And now with the Baby Boomer generation retiring, all work force would plummet without this, so I believe that we need a bipartisan approach.”
Sestak said migrants who cross the southern border are inherently refugees. He added, in order to curb the influx of illegal immigration the U.S. should promote economic development in other countries.