House Democrats shut down a Republican amendment to require a valid social security number for a second round of stimulus payments to individuals on Friday. The amendment would’ve prevented the payment of stimulus payments to illegal immigrants in a similar fashion to the first TrumpBux $1,200 check, which was restricted to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The vote to dismiss the social security number requirement for stimulus funds passed by a margin of 11. Thirteen Democrats voted with the GOP to add the provision to the recession package.
198-209: House defeats Republicans efforts to prevent anyone without a Social Security number (undocumented immigrants) from receiving $1,200 COVID-19 pandemic relief payments mostly along party line vote. 13 Democrats for Yes on GOP MTR. Vote lasted 67 minutes. pic.twitter.com/FHRpwTKsuF
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) May 16, 2020
The Democrats shut down the amendment to their Round 4 stimulus legislation, which advanced through the House on Friday. The legislation entails more than $3 trillion in economic relief spending, much of it funneled to state and local governments.
It seems unlikely that the House Democratic coronavirus package, which is chock-full of progressive policy goodies, has any chance of being taken up by the Senate and passed into law. President Trump said that the legislation was “dead on arrival,” citing the uniform mail-in ballot voting provision included in the bill that experts are describing as a nightmare scenario for voter fraud.
The bill also contains a whopping provision that would extend amnesty to millions of illegal aliens deemed by the Democrats to be essential workers. Employees of any establishment that serves food and drink would be designated essential workers by the legislation, and would receive an amnesty from immigration law.
Senate Republicans and the White House have signaled their willingness to consider additional coronavirus economic relief legislation, but fortunately it appears the plan to extend stimulus payments to illegal immigrants isn’t going to get anywhere.
Lindsey Graham Leads Senate RINO Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Foreign Worker Visas
Graham led the letter of RINOs urging Trump to protect foreign labor.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is leading a coalition of RINOs in the Senate urging President Donald Trump to keep visas for foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.
Graham is joined by fellow RINO Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Todd Young of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and James Lankford of Oklahoma in signing onto the letter that has the audacity to claim that these foreigners taking jobs from U.S.-born workers will help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The coronavirus pandemic has brought devastating loss of life and livelihood across our country. As we begin to reopen, we know you have many difficult decisions to make to ensure the road to recovery balances economic wellbeing with the safety of every American,” the letter states.
“In part, that balance requires consideration of vulnerable American businesses across all industry sectors, including farming, forestry, packing, hospitality, healthcare, and communications and information technology, all which rely on non-immigrant guest workers to survive,” they added – showing that they care more about protecting corporate profits than protecting American workers.
The letter urges for Trump to specifically protect the H-2A and H-2B programs to keep so-called temporary workers in the country to steal jobs from American workers who desperately need them.
“As you know, the H-2A and H-2B programs are temporary and seasonal guest worker visa programs that allow businesses to find the help they need when no American worker is available or qualified to fill in the gaps,” they wrote, adding that they hoped the Trump administration would “continue to protect American farmers and other small business owners who work hard to provide our country with fresh food and other vital services by not pausing issuance of H-2A visas in the future.”
The entirety of the letter can be seen here:
Republican Sens. Graham, Cornyn, Crapo, Risch, Rounds, Young, Murkowski, Sullivan and Lankford write President Trump to urge him not to restrict temporary, work-based visas, which they say will help the economic recovery pic.twitter.com/BPDjcjUXyR
— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) May 27, 2020
The letter comes in stark contrast to another letter issued by young “America First” conservatives urging President Trump to put U.S. workers first.
Big League Politics reported on how one right-wing student leader appeared last night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tongiht” to discuss the necessity of protecting U.S. workers during the coronavirus pandemic:
San Diego State College Republicans President Oliver Krvaric called for President Donald Trump to end the H-1B and OPT foreign worker programs during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, citing the danger the frequently abused cheap labor programs pose to the economic prospects of American college graduates.
“So essentially this giving a signal to this administration, letting them know that there is an appetite- especially among young likely voters to take care of the egregious H1B and OPT abuse that’s displacing American graduates and professionals across the board,” he said.
Krvaric had joined a coalition of College Republican groups across the country calling for an end to the visa worker programs in the midst of the recession. President Trump already enacted what has been called an immigration moratorium, but a lobbying effort by White House liberal Jared Kushner on behalf of globalist business groups limited Trump’s executive order to a few immigration restrictions.
The letter from the college Republican coalition staked out several policy proposals that would give American college graduates a real stake in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus recession.
President Trump should listen to his constituents who put him in the White House instead of the RINOs who he was elected to rebuke on immigration and other key issues.
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