Tuesday, the Department of Justice released the following statement on protecting the American worker:
“The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa workers over qualified U.S. workers,” they wrote.
“This partnership will enhance the Civil Rights Division’s efforts to stop companies from discriminating against U.S. workers and assist the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration in identifying noncompliance with its foreign labor certification process,” said the Department of Justice.
AMERICAN WORKER FIRST
In 2017, the Civil Rights Division launched the Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, which is aimed at targeting, investigating, and taking enforcement measures against companies that discriminate against U.S. workers in favor of foreign visa workers.
ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HUMAN SMUGGLING
According to the Press Release, “The Civil Rights Division has also increased its collaboration with other federal agencies, including the Departments of State and Homeland Security, to combat discrimination and abuse by employers improperly using temporary visa workers.”
CIVIL RIGHTS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS
“Employers should hire workers based on their skills, experience, and authorization to work; not based on discriminatory preferences that violate the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division. “Our partnership with DOL, formalized today, significantly enhances the Civil Rights Division’s ability to identify employers that favor temporary visa holders over U.S. workers who can do the job.”
Rosemary Lahasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary for DOL’s Employment and Training Administration said, “This partnership will help ensure U.S. workers are prioritized to fill jobs.”
The Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has statutory and regulatory authority to certify employers seeking certain employment-based visas, including H-2A and H-2B visas. These visa programs require employers to first seek and hire available U.S. workers before hiring visa workers.
STANDING WITH THE AMERICAN WORKER
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect economic interests enforcing and administering immigration laws. It also directs DHS, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.
FROM EXECUTIVE ORDER TO COMPLETION
“USCIS is working on a combination of rulemaking, policy memoranda, and operational changes to implement the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. We are creating and carrying out these initiatives to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and prevent fraud and abuse within the immigration system,” said the US Citizen and Immigration Service.
….them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker – a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
Departments of Justice and Labor Formalize New Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers From Discrimination and Combat Visa Abuse https://t.co/E1Uhl9lhPy
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 31, 2018
Trucking Industry Leaders Expect Biden’s Policies to Crush Small Trucking Companies
Biden will make trucking harder for the little guy.
Trucking industry experts expect Joe Biden’s presidency to seriously jeopardize many small American trucking companies, and the prospects of truck drivers who work as independent contractors.
Biden is poised to sign a transportation law passed in the Democratic House and stalled in the then-Republican Senate in 2019. The Moving Forward Act had required commercial motor vehicles to maintain more than $2 million in insurance liability, more than doubling the existing $750,000.
It’s possible that an updated Democratic transportation law will be even stricter on truck drivers, requiring insurance liability of as much as $4 million. Democrats’ longstanding allegiance to trial lawyers is a critical element in the insurance push, enabling lawyers to secure more lucrative judgements through suing truck drivers.
Bigger trucking companies can easily afford such a liability, but small companies cannot, lacking the sums of cash on hand to afford insurance protections for a small set of drivers. Globalist corporations such as Amazon and Walmart have increasingly sought to corner more of the trucking market share, in many cases eroding wages, healthcare protections and safety regulations.
The buffed barrier to entry will ultimately result in big corporations seizing even more of the trucking market share.
Fuel prices are also set to skyrocket as Biden cracks down on domestic fossil fuel production, already pledging to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Biden will also ban new fracking operations, despite making a misleading claim that he wasn’t going to ban the industry.
“It’s a very dark day for small business in general, not just for trucking,” David Owen, president of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) told Transportation Nation Network of the situation. “I’m pretty discouraged. I don’t know how anybody can think an anti-capitalist agenda can be good for transportation.”
Truck drivers have been critical to providing food and material necessities to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, but increasingly the diverse and blue-collar demographic feels disrespected and ignored by the political elite. Truckers across the country staged the first ‘Stop the Tires’ protest in November, halting the transport of non-essential goods to draw attention to Biden’s threat to the industry and its workers.
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