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Pro-Immigration Economic Adviser Has Trump's Base Worried

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 12:06 PM

President Donald Trump's choice to head the Council of Economic Advisers has his strongest backers concerned that he won't stick to his campaign promises, The New York Times reports.

Kevin Hassett's appointment was announced late last week. He's a leading conservative economist who's advised multiple Republican presidential campaigns, including those of George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

According to CNN, he's seen as being more in-line with the White House's former Goldman Sachs executives than Trump's chief political strategist, Steve Bannon.

Breitbart, formerly run by Bannon, decried Hassett's possible confirmation as "a win for the corporatist, business-first faction in Trump's White House" over "the populist, America-first faction that helped Trump win the election in November."

In 2010, Hassett criticized the GOP for becoming "the Party of White" in an American Enterprise Institute piece. He warned that "a party that alienates racial minorities will justly be made a political minority," and said "Republicans like [former] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer have too often appeared hostile to immigrants."

In 2013, he recommended that the U.S. "double" its immigration rate, writing, "if the U.S. doubled its total immigration and prioritized bringing in new workers, it could add more than half a percentage point a year to expected GDP growth."

Mark Krikorian, head of the anti-immigration think tank the Center for Immigration Studies told the Times that "It would be nice considering how important the immigration issue has been to Trump to have gotten an economist to this position who was at least not a booster for higher immigration."

White nationalist leader Jared Taylor, editor of now-defunct American Renaissance, called Hassett's nomination "yet another betrayal, just like breaking his promise to deport all illegal immigrants and to repeal President Obama's executive amnesties," according to the Times.

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