John Binder of Breitbart News reported that 37 House Republicans have teamed up with nine Republican Senators in pushing the White House to bring in foreign workers to America while nearly 40 million Americans are unemployed
Republican elected officials such as Kansas congressman Roger Marshall, New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and New York congressman Peter King asked businesses to continue to be allowed to bring in low-skilled foreigners through the H-2B visa program in a time when millions of Americans are unemployed.
Marshall is currently running in the Senate primary in Kansas against staunch immigration patriot Kris Kobach.
Binder noted that “Every year, U.S. companies are allowed to import 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. For some time, the H-2B visa program has been used by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages undercut.”
It is curious how businesses continue talking about facing labor shortages, yet millions of Americans remain unemployed.
The Republican elected officials who signed on to the letter include:
- Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
- Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
- Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)
- Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)
- Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
- Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
- Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
- Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
- Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH)
- Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)
- Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
- Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD)
- Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
- Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI)
- Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
- Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC)
- Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL)
- Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
- Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
- Rep. Mike Conaway (R-MD)
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
- Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
- Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)
- Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
- Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)
- Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)
- Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
- Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI)
- Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
- Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
- Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
The Republicans stated:
On behalf of the thousands of small and seasonal businesses in our Districts that are struggling in this unprecedented and uncertain economic climate, we respectfully urge you to refrain from imposing any further restriction on the H-2B nonimmigrant seasonal guest worker program as part of any forthcoming executive action relating to immigration and/or economic recovery.
The letter added:
This is evident as, despite active recruitment by seasonal employers, very few US workers are seeking and accepting seasonal temporary jobs. Therefore, it is important that the H-2B program continue to be available to our seasonal employers as a failsafe in the event that we see a rapid drop in unemployment and a return to the extremely tight labor markets of just a few months ago. Such flexibility to meet business needs is critical to rapid, solid and fulsome economic recovery.
As such, we urge you to maintain the continued, uninterrupted operation of the H-2B program with the continued requirement that all employers only have access to it based upon their proven and certified need within the statutory cap.
The entire letter can be read here:
Similarly, earlier this week, nine Republican Senators sent Trump a letter urging the administration to allow businesses to import more foreign workers.
Specifically, the Senators said businesses must be able to exempt themselves from some labor regulations on the books provided that they claim they cannot find qualified Americans to these jobs. The following Republican Senators who signed the letter include:
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
- Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
- Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
- Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
Binder highlighted one of the most unsavory aspects the H-2B visa program:
The H-2B visa program has been widely used by businesses to drag down the wages of American workers in landscaping, conservation work, the meatpacking industry, the construction industry, and fishing jobs, a 2019 study from the Center for Immigration Studies finds.
When the wages of H-2B foreign workers were compared to the national wage average for each blue-collar industry, approximately 21 out of 25 of the industries provided lower wages to foreign workers than Americans.
In the construction industry, wage suppression is significant, with H-2B foreign workers being offered more than 20 percent less than their American counterparts. In the fishing industry, foreign workers were offered more than 30 percent less for their jobs than Americans in the field. In the meatpacking industry, foreign workers got 23 percent less pay than Americans.
Annually, the U.S. allows 1.2 million legal immigrants with green cards to permanently settle down in America. On top of that, an additional 1.4 million foreign workers are admitted every year to displace American workers.
Former Mexican Defense Minister is Arrested in Los Angeles for Allegedly Protecting a Drug Cartel
More Proof that Mexico is An Institutional Dumpster Fire
Retired Mexican General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested on October 15, 2020.
According to allegations from U.S. prosecutors, General Cienfuegos received bribes from a powerful Mexican cartel and allowed to smuggle drugs into the United States.
An indictment that was unsealed on October 17, revealed that from December 2015 to February 2017, while he served as Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense, Cienfuegos allegedly worked on behalf of a drug cartel. In working with this drug cartel, Cienfuegos earned the nickname of “El Padrino” (The Godfather) by helping the H-2 Cartel move drugs from Mexico to the U.S.
“The defendant [Cienfuegos] abused that public position to help the H-2 Cartel, an extremely violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, traffic thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States,” prosecutors contended in a letter sent to a U.S. District Court judge in New York.
“In exchange for bribe payments,” the letter argued, he allowed the cartel “to operate with impunity in Mexico” while it operated distribution networks in cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas and in other states such as Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina and New York.
U.S. agents took the retired general into custody on October 15 at Los Angeles International Airport. Cienfuegos is expected to be transferred to New York.
Cienfuegos served as defense secretary from 2012 to 2018 under the administration of then-President Enrique Peña Nieto.
“The main problem in Mexico is corruption,” López Obrador declared during a news briefing on October 16 regarding the incident.
In López Obrador’s view, it is “regrettable” that someone in such a high position of government has deep connections to drug cartels.
“This is a process of progressive degradation,” López Obrador continued, “and we are trying now to figure out how deep the corruption goes.”
As of now, Cienfuegos is the most prominent Mexican official to have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. In 2019, U.S. authorities arrested Genaro García Luna, the Secretary of Public Security under the administration of former President Felipe Calderón, for allegedly being involved in drug trafficking.
According to the U.S. indictment, Cienfuegos was working with H-2, an alleged branch of the Beltrán-Leyva criminal cartel. On top of that, prosecutors claims that the retired general received bribes to shield the cartel and its leaders. He then proceeded to inform them beforehand of military actions planned against them and even used troops to attack a rival cartel.
Mexico is clearly on the ropes institutionally. With a current president (AMLO) who wants to take a “hugs not bullets” approach to crime, the country will continue to spiral into chaos as drug cartels become even more powerful. President Trump has been right all along in building a wall to protect America from the potential spillover effects of Mexico’s drug war.
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