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White House Visa Restriction Executive Order Will Freeze Most Visas Until 2021

Most visa programs and green cards will be frozen until the end of the year.

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President Donald Trump is poised to expand an existing executive order broadly restricting the issuance of new green cards and worker visas until the end of the year on Monday, freezing immigration in a move to allow American workers displaced from the economy by the coronavirus recession to reenter workplaces without an abundance of cheap labor fueled through immigration.

The executive order expansion is more impactful than any of the previous immigration restriction policies Trump has previously enacted. Reports indicate that the renewed executive order will suspend the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 visa programs until 2021, freezing programs known for widespread use by corporate interests to displace American workers in favor of a cheaper, more compliant workforce.

A concerted lobbying effort on the part of pro-American worker organizations and interests appears to have been instrumental in convincing the President to #ExpandTheBan. An influence campaign on the part of Jared Kushner with the support of big business interests had succeeded in undermining an earlier immigration moratorium plan proposed by the President.

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The visa freeze could reduce annual immigration levels by up to 600,000, presenting American workers displaced from the labor market through the coronavirus recession with enhanced opportunities to resume their careers and regain income lost after losing their jobs.

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USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli cited the broad support for immigration restriction among the American public as an easy justification for the immigration freeze.

The president is confident this is going to be very popular with the American people,” said Cuccinelli. “It’s proven popular thus far — to start clearing this space … and it is the kind of thing that, frankly, some people on the other side of the aisle have supported in the past.

There are exceptions to the new set of rules, that apply to agriculture workers and other visa recipients determined by DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

There will doubtlessly be a legal campaign on the part of pro-mass immigration corporate lobby groups to overturn the pro-worker immigration restrictions, as well.

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SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check

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Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.

Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.

The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.

The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

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Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”

Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.

Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in  a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.

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