Clinton: Immigration Reform ‘Only Way to Keep Our Country Growing’

December 19, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Former President Bill Clinton says if U.S. lawmakers realized the economic impact of having the country’s population growth coming to a halt, it would energize immigration reform, “because it’s the only way to keep our country growing.”

Clinton made the comments while discussing immigration reform earlier this month on the America with Jorge Ramos program.

“I think that we're trying to pass immigration reform. The country needs it. If – I wish that all these members of Congress who oppose immigration reform, and who feel threatened by it, had been with me on my recent trip to Asia,” Clinton said.

“And they – and Japan and China where they're worried about the population growth just coming to a halt. And what it's going to do to them economically,” Clinton continued. “And I think it would give a lot more energy to immigration reform in America. The – we're going to have to do it, because it's the only way to keep our country growing. And the sooner we do it, the better.”