President Joe Biden spoke Tuesday about the record number of foreign workers that his administration allowed to enter the United States through Mexico. He stated that this has increased job opportunities.
Biden commented during an pressconference held at the White House with Mexican President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador. This was at a time in which illegal aliens are trying to enter the country at an unprecedented rate.
Meanwhile, inflation stands at a 40-year-high in the United States and the number of employed Americans has declined.
The current unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent, according to the Labor Department, marking the lowest since February 2020.
” My administration leads the way in creating opportunities for work through legal pathways,” Biden stated on Tuesday. My administration broke a new record last year. We issued more than 300,000 H-2 visas for Mexican workers.”
” We also hit a 5-year record in Central American visas, which we are on track to surpass in this fiscal year.
According to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of Bureau of Labor Statistics data for January 2021, unemployment among native-born Americans remained much higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of unemployed American natives in January 2021 stood at 8.6 million, according to the analysis, while the number of unemployed immigrants was 2.2 million.
Separate data from the nonpartisan independent think tank, The Migration Policy Institute, finds that the unemployment rate was equal at 3.3 percent for both U.S.-born workers and immigrant workers as of April 2022.
More Opportunities, Rising Wages
Another study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) which looked at job figures from September 2020 to March 2022 noted that there are currently approximately 11.5 million job openings in the United States and 14. 73 million employable Americans.
” This means there are 3. 23 million more workers in the country than open jobs,” according to FAIR.
Despite the latest data regarding unemployment, Biden on Tuesday stated that since he stepped into office, his administration has “created more jobs than any president ever has in the beginning of his administration–almost 8.5 million new jobs.”
“Wages are up five-and-a half percent,” Biden stated. However, the president admitted that inflation had risen, which he blamed on Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.
“But our rate is the lowest of all major nations in the world,” Biden said. “Even last month, we created another 300 and–I think–57,000 new jobs. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have no problems. We do .”
Biden met with Obrador shortly after Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States issued a statement for her on Tuesday. She apologized for comments she made Monday at an event in San Antonio called “LatinX IncluXion”.
During the event the first lady compared Hispanics to tacos. This prompted backlash from the Latino community.
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” press secretary Michael LaRosa wrote on Twitter following the fallout from the comparison.
Katabella is currently a Turkish reporter. The Epoch Times covers business and news, with a focus on the United States.