Although President Donald Trump announced on April 20, 2020 that he would be halting all immigration to the U.S., there are now doubts that he will actually follow through with a moratorium policy that has actual teeth.
Mark Krikorian, the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, tweeted “Trump now denying he ever wanted to reduce legal immigration.”
Trump now denying he ever wanted to reduce *legal* immigration.
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) April 21, 2020
Krikorian was referring to the new Executive Order that Trump issued and the follow up discussions that ended up revealing that it has very little teeth.
Conservative host Tucker Carlson was also critical of the news that revealed the flaccidness of the executive order.
The Columbia Bugle tweeted about some of Tucker’s comments:
Must Watch @TuckerCarlson Monologue: Trump’s EO Fails To Protect American Jobs “There is only one point in handing out hundreds of thousands of these visas to foreign nationals & it is to placate big business.” “If the point of this EO was to protect American jobs it failed.”
Must Watch @TuckerCarlson Monologue: Trump's EO Fails To Protect American Jobs
"There is only one point in handing out hundreds of thousands of these visas to foreign nationals & it is to placate big business."
"If the point of this EO was to protect American jobs it failed." pic.twitter.com/XzFsoxpXbT
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 22, 2020
U.S. Tech Workers, an immigration restriction advocacy group that protects the interests of American tech workers displaced by mass migration, tweeted,“The do-nothing immigration moratorium: – Temporary visa workers (H-1B, OPT, J-1, L-1, H-2B, etc.) won’t be suspended. – New green card issuances put on hold. – EO applicable for 60-days only, & may extend based on economic conditions.”
The do-nothing immigration moratorium:
– Temporary visa workers (H-1B, OPT, J-1, L-1, H-2B, etc.) won’t be suspended.
– New green card issuances put on hold.
– EO applicable for 60-days only, & may extend based on economic conditions. pic.twitter.com/gZLtsewDLY
— U.S. Tech Workers (@USTechWorkers) April 21, 2020
John Binder of Breitbart News noted that “President Trump revealed on Tuesday that his executive order pausing most legal immigration in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis will not keep farmers from fast-tracking foreign workers into the country.”
Trump revealed that his executive order to stop immigration to the U.S. will have exemptions for foreign workers entering the country via the H-2A visa program. As Binder points out, the H-2A visa program “delivers an endless flow of cheap labor to farmers.”
“The farmers will not be affected,” Trump stated.
Binder covered how the Trump administration will handle the agricultural situation:
Trump said his administration is actually making the process easier for farmers to more quickly get H-2A foreign visa workers into the U.S. — referring to the State and Agriculture Departments’ orders to waive visa requirements and allow visa-holders to stay in the country for more than three years.
“No, the farmers will not be affected by this at all,” Trump stated. “If anything, we’re going to make it easier, and we’re doing a process for those workers to come in to go to the farm where they’ve been for a long time.”
Trump did concede that an immigration pause is necessary in order to protect the 22 million or so unemployed Americans from having to compete with cheap labor.
“I want our citizens to get jobs. I don’t want them to have competition,” Trump stated. “I want the American worker and our American citizens to be able to get jobs. I don’t want them to compete right now.”
Binder provided a breakdown of some of the numbers regarding H-2A visas:
The H-2A program allows American farms to import a limitless number of foreign workers and pay them below-average U.S. wages. American farms do not wholly rely on H-2A foreign visa workers to fill agricultural jobs, as the foreign workers make up only about ten percent of the total U.S. crop farm workforce. Last year, U.S. farmers hired roughly 250,000 H-2A foreign visa workers.
The Breitbart immigration policy reported continued noting the wage discrepancies:
In 2017, H-2A foreign visa workers picking crops were paid about two percent less than their American counterparts. Likewise, foreign visa workers operating agricultural equipment were paid 23 percent less than the national average U.S. wage. The largest wage discrepancy comes with H-2A foreign visa workers who take jobs as first-line supervisors for farming and fishing. They are paid about 95 percent less than their American counterparts.
No Compromise Gun Lobby Calls Out Congress to Oppose Federal Gun Grab
On July 30, 2020, the National Association for Gun Rights raised awareness about gun control legislation introduced by Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
Under the “Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020”, the federal government would implement a series of gun control measures that were recently enacted in the state of Virginia. In their press release, NAGR argued that this plan would “strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment and due process rights.”
At its core, the “Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020” will effectively nationalize Virginia’s new gun control laws. This will include the state’s “red flag” gun confiscation order, a one-handgun-a-month law, and a ban on private gun transactions between lawful gun owners. Virginia’s gun grabs kicked off protests from tens of thousands of gun owners at the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia early in 2020. NAGR noted that “Senators Kaine and Warner want to impose them on the rest of the nation.”
“Just when law-abiding citizens are purchasing firearms in record numbers to protect themselves and their families, tone-deaf Democrats are squealing for more gun control,” declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights.
Brown announced that his staff is already working to mobilize more than 4.5 million National Association for Gun Rights members and supporters to reach out to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Senate to oppose this gun control scheme and all other gun grabs.
“With police stations literally on fire and criminals taking over our streets, it should be clear that citizens are responsible for defending ourselves,” remarked Brown. “Gun control is never a good idea and pushing it right now is sheer insanity.”
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