Awkward: Bill Clinton Tells CNN “There is a Limit to How Many Migrants Any Society Can Take”
Bill Clinton joined CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to discuss the return of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this month after a five-year hiatus.
CGI’s website states, “CGI convenes, connects, and catalyzes global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Through its unique model, CGI supports partners in developing Commitments to Action — new, specific, and measurable actions within climate resilience, health equity, and inclusive economic recovery and growth.”
We built @ClintonGlobal off the notion that people are eager for the chance to wake up every morning and make something good happen. Thank you to everyone who made #CGI2022 the best meeting yet. pic.twitter.com/JMW68455BF
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 28, 2022
The interview covered a wide variety of topics including economic opportunities both in the US and globally, the war in Ukraine and America’s political divide.
When asked about immigration, Clinton said the quiet part out loud, “That is, there is a limit to how many migrants any society can take without severe disruption and assistance, and our system is based much more on an assumption that things would be more normal.”
Former President Bill Clinton says there’s a limit to how many migrants the U.S. can take in before it creates a severe disruption.
Clinton made his comments during an interview on the CNN podcast, “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
Zakaria asked Clinton: “Now what you have is a lot of people who are essentially economic migrants … essentially gaming the system, using the asylum as a way to get in. Isn’t it true that there has to be some order placed on this? Some control?”
Clinton replied: “I agree with that. That is, there is a limit to how many migrants any society can take without severe disruption and assistance, and our system is based much more on an assumption that things would be more normal.”
Clinton recalled a time when Mexican migrants would freely travel back and forth across the border to do agricultural work in the U.S.
But he acknowledged times have changed.
“It’s an old story, but now you’ve got the largest number of refugees since World War II because of Syria and now Ukraine and other problems,” he said
The full segment can be viewed here.
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