President Donald Trump talked about border security at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting. He asserted that a strong border is not shutting it out.

Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, March 6, hosted some of the country’s top CEOs—including Apple’s Tim Cook and Walmart’s Doug McMillon—for the first meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House. The group, which will advise President Trump’s National Council for the American Worker, is made up of 25 leaders from across industries and communities.

At the meeting, the president called illegal border crossings “somewhat of an invasion.”

“We have 8,000 military personnel right now at the border. We are doing an amazing job considering it’s really an onslaught very much. I call it ‘invasion.’ They always get upset when I say ‘an invasion.’  But it really is somewhat of an invasion,” the president said in the remarks

He added: “We want to have a very strong border, but we’re going to have a lot of people coming in. A lot of people don’t understand that. They think we’re shutting it out. We’re not shutting it out. We want people to come in, but they have to come in through a process. So we have a process that’s really moving along rapidly. Last year, we took in a large number of highly qualified, wonderful people. And they’re—for the most part, they’re working already in your companies.”

The president revealed that “prison population, for the first time ever, is getting a shot at working,” thanks to the economic boom. 

“One of the things that has happened—and people don’t talk about it—but because of the great economy, we have a prison population that, for the first time ever, is getting a shot at working. When they got out of prison, they had a stigma, and it was a tough stigma. And, in many cases, there was not much they could do; they couldn’t get a job. They couldn’t—no matter what, they couldn’t get a job. And now they’re getting jobs because our economy is so strong because you want workers,” Trump said.

The board is co-chaired by White House adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and includes top business executives, academics and elected officials.

Ivanka Trump said the goal of the group was to increase the number of people in the U.S. workforce.

“Our collective aim is to ensure that all Americans can benefit from the nation’s historic economic boom and record low unemployment rates. This board of industry, education, government, and nonprofit leaders are deeply passionate about bringing more Americans off the sidelines and into the workforce. We are seeking to increase the country’s workforce participation rates by connecting workers with good-paying jobs,” Ivanka said.

She added: “We must also focus on helping those most vulnerable to having their jobs displaced due to the rapid pace of technological change, and work together to assist them in learning a new skill so they can continue to provide for themselves and for their families.”

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