President Donald Trump told American farmers on Saturday that he would allow guest workers to come into the country, despite his promise to protect American workers.
“For the farmers, OK, it’s going to get good, and we’re going to let your guest workers come in, because we’re going to have strong borders, but we have to have your workers come in,” the president said during his campaign rally in Washington, Michigan on Saturday.
Trump said that the unemployment numbers were so good that it was possible to allow guest workers in the country to work the fields and do seasonal labor.
“We have to let people come in. They’re going to be guest workers, they’re going to come in, they’re going to work on your farms, we’re going to have the H-2Bs come in, we’re going to have a lot of things happening,” Trump said.
The crowd of supporters did not cheer in response to his comments.
“But then they have to go out,” Trump concluded, prompting cheers again.
The president quickly changed the subject to manufacturing, talking about how Foxconn factories were being built in Wisconsin but returned to talk about guest workers.
“We need people to be able to come into our country, do your jobs, help you on the farms, and then they go out, they’re going to leave,” he said. “Guest workers, we’re going to take care of that. Guest workers. Don’t we agree? We have to have them. We have to have them.”