Recently, Suzanne Clark proclaimed during a CNN appearance that doubling the number of ostensibly legal immigrants into the United States may help address issues with labor shortages and high inflation.
Clark, who serves as the CEO U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an enormous lobbying group, proclaimed that the nation “[needs] more workers,” which is why the United States should eagerly “welcome people who want to come here, go to school and stay.”
“That is a place the government could be particularly helpful,” Clark continued in direct reference to amending immigration policies, “and we do believe it would be anti-inflationary.”
Clark further added that a significant increase of immigrants just might become “the fastest thing to do [in order to address] inflation.”
The lobbyist group CEO proceeded to claim that high levels of immigrants will apparently solve severe issues in the supply chain crisis, which are widely cited as a significant contributing factor to the dramatic rise in inflation.
During an address on the “State of American Business,” Clark also added that it is imperative for the nation “to grow [its] workforce” if the end goal is to grow the national economy and remain globally competitive.
Clark also observed that immigrants at virtually every level still desire to apply “their talent to work” and subsequently “pursue their dreams in a dynamic economy flush with opportunity,” as reported by Business Insider.
Over the course of her commentary, Clark also claimed that “a permanent solution for the ‘Dreamers'” should be addressed, as “those young men and women … contribute to their communities.”
“[However], their legal status is in limbo,” Clark proclaimed, in reference to the never-passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, also known as the DREAM Act, which would offer substantive protections and opportunities for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
Shortages in labor have been widely cited as a major reason for increased prices across the United States.
A continuous shortage of agricultural workers and truck drivers has also gravely disrupted the supply chain, per remarks in Business Insider.
According to the Census Bureau, net immigration stood at 1.07 million people in 2016, though this number declined to 477,000 by 2020.