Yang says immigrants are being scapegoated

Businessman and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE on Wednesday said immigrants are being used as scapegoats for economic issues facing the U.S. 


“I’m the son of immigrants myself,” Yang said at the Democratic primary debate in Detroit. “My father immigrated here as a graduate student and generated over 60 U.S. patents for GE and IBM. I think that’s a pretty good deal for the United States. That’s the immigration story we need to be telling. We can’t always be focusing on some of the distress stories.”

“If you go to a factory here in Michigan, you will not find wall-to-wall immigrants, you will find wall-to-wall robots and machines,” he continued. “Immigrants are being scapegoated for issues they have nothing to do within our economy.” 



Yang was pushing back against the idea that immigrants to the U.S. are creating more competition for other Americans in the job market.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE has frequently blamed other countries for taking jobs from U.S. workers, in addition to advocating for stricter immigration laws. 

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