Joe Biden Says 'Xenophobia' Hinders China, Japan, and India's Economic Growth as US Benefits From Migration

By Jace Dela Cruz

May 03, 2024 09:37 AM EDT

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that "xenophobia" among countries like China, Japan, and India is impeding their economic growth, contrasting it with the US, which he claimed benefits from migration. 

President Biden Delivers Remarks In The Roosevelt Room Of The White House
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 02, 2024 in Washington, DC. Biden spoke about recent protests across the United States on college campuses.
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Joe Biden Believes Migration Is One Reason Why the US Economy Is Thriving

During a fundraising event for his 2024 re-election campaign in Washington, Joe Biden attributed part of the US economic growth to immigrants, saying that one of the reasons for the country's economic expansion is its welcoming stance towards immigrants.

"One of the reasons why our economy's growing is because... we welcome immigrants," the president said, as Reuters reported.

"Why is China stalling so badly economically, why is Japan having trouble, why is Russia, why is India, because they're xenophobic. They don't want immigrants. Immigrants are what makes us strong," he added.

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Migration Among Concerns in the 2024 Election

Joe Biden's remarks came amid growing concerns about irregular migration and its impact on the November presidential election. Biden has criticized the rhetoric of his Republican rival, Donald Trump, as anti-immigrant. 

The president also built economic and political relationships with countries like Japan and India to counter nations that are not friendly to the US, such as China and Russia.

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