Numbers USA, an influential organization that champions stricter immigration laws, is downgrading its ratings of Donald Trump after the GOP front-runner wobbled on his immigration stance at the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night.
The grass-roots group was displeased with Trump’s comments suggesting that there is a shortage of U.S. workers for both high-skilled industries and for seasonal jobs, such as those for hospitality employees at Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump’s luxury resort in Florida.
In a statement, Roy Beck, the group’s president, called Trump’s remarks “disconcerting” and said Numbers USA was downgrading Trump to a “B+” grade from an “A-” as a result.
“He acknowledged in Thursday night’s Fox News debate that he has changed his position and now sides with Silicon Valley titans who claim America isn’t producing enough high-tech workers,” Beck said. “Yet, there is no new evidence that anything has changed from previous reports that America has a glut of trained high-tech workers.”
“Mr. Trump also repeated his claim of last week’s debate that there aren’t enough Americans willing to do entry-level seasonal jobs in hotels and resorts,” Beck said. “These are exactly the kind of jobs needed by younger Americans who haven’t been able to find a first-rung of the labor force ladder.”
Of the remaining Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) earns the highest grade from Numbers USA with an “A.” The group upped Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) rating from a “D” to a “D+,” while Ohio Gov. John Kasich earns a “D.”
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