Trump: Employers Are Hiring Ex-Cons Like Never Before

Melanie Arter | February 6, 2020 | 11:18am EST
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(Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

( – The U.S. economy is doing so well that employers are running out of people to hire and are employing ex-cons like never before, President Donald Trump said in a speech at the 68th Annual National Prayer Breakfast.

“We are lifting up the citizens of every race, color, religion, and create a period of bringing hope to forgotten communities and more Americans are working today, 160 million - a little bit short, just a little bit - 160 million, we have never been even close than ever before,” he said. 

“Our unemployment numbers are the best in the history of our country,” Trump said, pointing to unemployment for African-American, Asian American, and Hispanic-American – “the best unemployment numbers in the history of our country.”

“Women, best in 71 years. I have to apologize for the women that it took 71 years,” he said, but women had the best unemployment numbers in years.

“We are doing things that nobody thought possible. We are setting records nobody thought achievable. And to give former prisoners a second chance at life, which so many people in this room have worked on for so long, we passed criminal justice reform into law, and I signed it nine months ago,” Trump said.

“It’s proving more and more that America is indeed a nation that believes in redemption,” the president said.

What's happened with prisoners is a miracle. Prisoners would come out. Nobody would give them a job. Then often times, most of the time, almost of the time, they’d go back into prison. They’d get caught doing something bad. They had no money. They had no hope. They no job. Now they’re coming out into a booming economy and employers are hiring them and to a certain extent maybe because they’re having a hard time getting people..

First time in our country's history actually we’re running out of people. We have plants moving in by the thousands. We have car companies coming from Japan and from Germany, from lots of other places and we need people, and employers are hiring prisoners, and they would've never done it except for what we've done with criminal justice reform, but even before that, because the economy has become so powerful. And these prisoners have done an incredible job. 

The employers are saying why didn't I do this 20 years ago? So it's an incredible thing what's happening to people that are given a second chance and sometimes a third chance, in all 
fairness. And it's something that everybody in this room should be very proud about because we've always felt this way long before it was fashionable, so I want to thank you for that.



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