Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh wondered if claims that the US needs greater immigration are “a tantamount admission our welfare state’s gotten so big, we don’t actually have enough people willing to work?” on Thursday.
After playing a clip of Jeb Bush saying the US needed to increase its immigration levels, Limbaugh reacted “you note there’s a theme running [through] all of these open-borders guys? And Jeb has done it here, too. ‘We need young, dynamic people that can make an immediate contribution to our economy.’…What about the young people already here? We just got through talking about the fact that there aren’t enough jobs for people here already. There certainly aren’t enough jobs in careers for people who are here already. What is this fascination? And, the open borders crowd has it, and I really would like to know, what’s the fascination? Why are the immigrants that we want to import better suited to, say, rebuild a city like Detroit, than people who live there now, or anybody in America? What’s the magic? What am I missing?”
He continued, “why is it not offensive that the only way we can rebuild our cities, and the only way we can really relaunch our economy is to import young people from outside the country? What about the young people already here? What, is this a tantamount admission that the young people of this country have already thrown in with the worthless and they’re unsalvageable? They already got their benefits? They got no motivation to go out and save a city? They don’t have to work, we need people who want to come in here and work? Oh, so this is a tantamount admission our welfare state’s gotten so big, we don’t actually have enough people willing to work? Is that what you’re saying?”
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