A Democratic Congressman representing Illinois claimed that immigrants are necessary to grow the economy of the United States.
Rep. Mike Quiqley’s (D‑IL) statement comes as residents of major U.S. cities, including Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C., have pushed back on receiving migrants who have been transported from the Southern border — a tactic used by Republican governors to try and draw the attention of President Joe Biden in order to secure the border. Quiqley argued that the U.S. would not be where it is now without migrants.
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“Without migrants where are we?” Quiqley told MSNBC Saturday. “This economy, this labor market needs migrants. So, if I can’t appeal to your heart by seeing these little kids. who all they’ve been is migrants, and trying to help them, I want to appeal to your brain — how important these migrants could be to our economy and growing it.”
“Chicago and New York,” the Democratic congressman continued, “they have a long history of welcoming migrants, and understanding just what they meant to growing the economies of world cities.”