Thursday, April 13, 2017
Alan Rappeport of the New York Times reports on the opposition to President Trump's choice of a pro-immigration economist to lead his Council of Economic Advisers. To immigration hawks, the appointment of Kevin A. Hassett, announced late last week, as Mr. Trump’s top White House economist is a sign "that the president is succumbing to the swamp he promised to drain."
Like most economists (see this letter from more than 1500 economists to the White House), Mr. Hassett believes that immigration spurs economic growth. At times he has pilloried Republicans for becoming the “Party of White,” arguing in 2010 that Republicans like then-Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona “have too often appeared hostile to immigrants.” In 2013, Mr. Hassett said the United States should double its intake of immigrants.