It’s not that Donald Trump is against Mexicans—we have lots of dirty work for them to do, before they go home!
A new interview of Trump by The Economist is out today, and it’s getting attention primarily because in it our president says that he, personally, just invented an economic term that has been around for more than 80 years. But let’s not let this question and answer about Trump’s views on legal immigration pass, either. Bolding ours:
The Economist: But the numbers of [legal immigrants] could be as high as the numbers that are coming in legally now? You’re not looking to reduce the numbers?
Trump: Oh yeah, no, no, no, no, we want people coming in legally. No, very strongly. Now they’re going to be much more strongly vetted as you see. You know, we’ve broken the all-time record [of detentions at the border] by many times, 73, we’re up to 73, it’s going to go up to almost 80% at the border, we’ve…you know, really stopped it. We also want farm workers to be able to come in. You know, we’re going to have work visas for the farm workers. If you look, you know we have a lot of people coming through the border, they’re great people and they work on the farms and then they go back home. We like those people a lot and we want them to continue to come in.
We like those people. We want those Mexicans to continue to come in, do our hardest, cheapest, labor, and then go back home. Do not interpret my statement of liking you for any tolerance of you living next to me, or even thousands of miles away from me but still within my nation’s borders.