Senate Republicans Are Calling On Joe Biden to Extend Pro-Worker Immigration Order
As Americans face dire economic straits, several elected officials are standing up for protecting American workers from immigration displacement.
Often forgotten is how President Donald Trump issued an executive order back in June 2020 that stopped the issuance of H-1B visas,H-1B visas, H-4 visas, H-2B visas, L visas, and J-1 visas during a time when millions of Americans were economically displaced by lockdowns related to efforts to stop the spread of the Wuhan virus.
John Binder of Breitbart News observed that “The order was set to expire at the end of 2020, but Trump intervened to extend the order to continue prioritizing U.S. jobs for unemployed Americans instead of allowing businesses to import foreign visa workers in a struggling labor market where nearly 17 million Americans remain jobless.”
The order is set to expire on March 31, 2021. According to certain media sources, President Joe Biden will allow the order to expire. However, Senate Republicans such as Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are pushing the president to prolong the order in order to protect the American labor market.
Hawley, in particular, sent a letter to Biden where he advised the president to not import more migrants. In the letter, he stated that “with millions of struggling Americans out of work — and millions more desperate to make ends meet — now is not the time to open the floodgates to thousands of foreign workers competing with American workers for scarce jobs and resources.”
In periods of high unemployment, it makes no sense to allow a struggling labor market to be flooded with a wave of foreign competition. What makes even less sense is to willingly introduce further competition for U.S. workers at the same time that a disastrous illegal immigration crisis grows on our southern border. As at the border, failure to take meaningful action is, in itself, a policy decision with detrimental impacts for American workers.
I urge you to extend the temporary foreign worker entry suspension until the national unemployment rate has meaningfully declined, and until your administration has conducted a thorough review of nonimmigrant visa programs to ensure that American workers are fully and effectively protected from harm. In the meantime, I will continue to work to develop legislative solutions that will protect American workers and promote a quick recovery.
Cotton attacked Biden for his suspected decision to let the order expire, which could cause economic disruption for everyday American workers and be a boon for woke megacorporations. In a similar vein, Grassley declared that “it makes no sense [to] hand U.S. jobs to foreigners.”
Mass migration provides cheap labor for Big Business and cheap votes for the Democrat Party, hence the growing realignment of Democrats becoming the Big Business party while Republicans are becoming the de facto working class party.
Nationalist Republicans can throw a major wrench into the Democrat’s Party’s unholy alliance with Big Business by cutting off immigration. The million dollar question is: will the Republican Party follow through?
That remains to be seen.