Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), aided by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and his Big Tech funders, has been championing legislation that would open up the flood gates to third-world immigrants, primarily from India, to receive green cards and take jobs from American-born workers.
While S. 386 stalled last week after it was blocked by Sen. David Purdue (R-GA), Purdue has since folded and the legislation is now expected to pass through the Senate with unanimous consent on Thursday.
Georgia Sen. David Perdue says he no longer objects to Sen. Lee's green card bill: "I supported his bill. It's consistent with what the White House has been working on. We just had some nuances in the language with regard to rural nurses and basically we worked that out."
— Bryan Lowry (@BryanLowry3) September 25, 2019
With Republicans neutered because their subservience to special interests such as the Koch network, the most likely opposition to the legislation’s passage comes from Democrats like Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who believe S. 386 is unfair because it primarily benefits Indians while hurting other immigrants.
“They are increasing the immigration from countries like India a marginal small amount at the expense of cutting back on immigration from other countries in a much more dramatic fashion—I don’t think there’s equity in that,” Durbin told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Far-left organizers are lobbying Durbin for him to approve the legislation:
🚨ILLINOIS ACTION ITEM ALERT 🚨
We need our members in Illinois to call Senator Dick Durbin in his Washington DC office at 202.224.2152 and ask him to support the unanimous consent of the bi-partisan Harris-Lee – Fairness For High Skilled immigrants act.
— Immigration Voice (@immivoice) September 25, 2019
Fox Business commentator Lou Dobbs has put the spotlight on Lee and Senate Republicans for turning their backs on “America First” immigration policy and embracing globalist legislation that hits young Americans who are just entering the job market the hardest.
#AmericaFirst– @EdRollins: @POTUS has made a commitment to create jobs for Americans, particularly young Americans coming out of college. This Senate bill would create competition for them by giving visas to Indian students & give them jobs at lower wages. #NOS386 #MAGA #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/ipZuAlQllv
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 23, 2019
Some pro-Hispanic immigration groups even oppose the legislation because they feel it will hurt Hispanic businesses in order to help Big Tech drive their labor costs down.
“This is a cheap fix, not the right fix. This backlog is horrible but should be dealt with by enlarging quotas or exempting those deemed extraordinary or in the national interest, not by destroying immigration for the rest of the world,” said Tammy Fox-Isicoff, board member of American Immigration Lawyers Association.
“If it goes through, no one in Florida, except Indian nationals, will get residence through employment for the next decade or more. This will kill Florida, basically end all future Hispanic employment immigration to the U.S.,” she added.
Despite the many ill-effects the legislation will create and its widespread unpopularity, the massively influential tech sector is expected to get their way. The Information Technology Industry Council, a policy advocacy group representing many big tech firms, has been leading the legislative drive for months.
“ITI member companies are acutely aware that we live in an age where talent knows no borders. Preventing a skilled worker from providing his or her skill set in the United States because of an arbitrary limit placed on his or her country of origin is counterproductive and no longer makes sense in today’s economy,” wrote Jason Oxman, President and CEO of the ITIC, in a letter to Congressional leaders in July.
“The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is much-needed legislation that will enable highly skilled workers who wish to work in the United States to propel innovation, engender growth in our economy, and help create American jobs,” Oxman added.
Once again, Republicans in Washington D.C. lack the courage to stand up against the swamp, and the “America First” immigration agenda is dying as a result.
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House Republicans Hoping to Get Americans Back to Work By End of April
It’s a aspiration, not a plan.
House Republicans are considering plans that would help Americans get back to work by the end of the month. Kevin Brady of Texas told reporters on a conference call that the caucus is preparing preliminary plans that phase the workforce back in at the end of April.
“Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits.”
Brady was careful to qualify that there’s no guarantee the public health situation in the United States would allow such a development.
“I think we should all expect the jobs, the unemployment in the GDP numbers to feel brutal over the short term. It’s because they are. This economy is taking hits like we’ve not seen in most of our lifetimes. But it is just a short-term hit.”
Initial social distancing guidelines set forth by the White House in conjunction with the CDC were extended from two weeks to April 30th earlier in the week, suggesting the executive branch may be cautiously looking towards the end of April to begin phasing out the unprecedented disruptions to everyday American life.
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