Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a National Association of Manufacturers' crowd this week that what the United States needed was more, not fewer, immigrants.
Specifically, he called for a "constant, unrelenting stream" of new immigrants — "not dribbling [but] significant flows," to bolster the national economy, The Hill reported.
"We need it badly from a purely — purely economic point of view," Mr. Biden said, The Hill reported.
Later, on Twitter, he wrote: "The final thing we need to do together is pass immigration reform ... We need it badly. -VP at manufacturing summit," Newsmax reported.
Mr. Biden predicted that opening the doors to the White House's vision of immigration reform, which is heavy on the amnesty, would allow the nation's gross domestic product numbers to hike by 5.4 percent, or $1.4 trillion, over the next two decades, Newsmax reported. Simultaneously, he predicted that the deficit would drop by $850 billion.
"That's real powerful economic reform," Mr. Biden said.
His comments come as border patrol agents are appealing to the federal government to help with the thousands of illegal children who have poured across the border in recent days and who are now being temporarily held in three separate military facilities.
Meanwhile, federal authorities have predicted that the number of children illegally crossing the border without parents this year will hit at 90,000 — up from an average 6,500 over years past.
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