When President Donald Trump introduced his new merit-based immigration policy last week, an expansion of E-Verify was notably missing from the proposal.
The E-Verify program is endorsed by the border hawks at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) who have urged President Trump to institute a national program that would make it substantially more difficult for businesses to hire illegal immigrants as workers.
“E-verify is a simple system that is the easiest way for employers to determine if their employees can work legally the United States, thereby turning off the magnet of jobs that draws aliens to enter illegally or overstay their visas,” wrote analyst Andrew R. Arthur at CIS.
“Why isn’t it mandatory? Political will. Politicians who want cheap labor don’t want it, and politicians who are hoping that those here illegally will be their future voters don’t want it,” he added.
Globalist open border Republicans, who have the ear of liberal-leaning White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, are making sure that strengthening E-Verify stays off of the agenda for Trump’s immigration reform.
Trump is apparently moving in the direction of the status quo, if his recent remarks during a Fox News interview are any indicator.
The President lamented that Big Agriculture might have a hard time finding low-income labor to boost their profit margins if E-Verify were to be implemented nationally.
“The one problem is E-Verify is so tough that in some cases, like farmers, they’re not — they’re not equipped for E-Verify,” Trump said during an interview with Steve Hilton that was broadcast Sunday night.
Trump implied that it is difficult to find qualified workers in the U.S. job market, something he would have never come close to saying while running for President in 2016.
“A lot of the Republicans say you go through an E-Verify. I used it when I built the hotel down the road on Pennsylvania Avenue. I use a very strong E-Verify system. And we would go through 28 people — 29, 30 people before we found one that qualified,” Trump said.
This continues a shift in rhetoric for Trump, who claimed earlier this year that we need more legal immigrant workers than ever before to compete with native-born U.S. workers in the domestic job market.
“We want to have a very strong border, but we want to have a lot of people coming in,” Trump said to reporters outside of the White House in March. “A lot of people don’t understand that. They think we’re shutting it out. We’re not shutting it out. We want people to come in, but they have to come in through a process.”
“We’re going to let a lot of people come in because we need workers,” Trump added. “We have to have workers. These are low numbers, and in one way I love it, but in another way I don’t want to make it hard for you to get those companies rolling … with really great people.”
The shift has come in part because Kushner has deliberately let many foxes into the hen house so-to-speak during immigration negotiations. He has allowed globalist lobbying organizations like Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, George W. Bush Center, and corporate trade groups to influence immigration policy.
Kushner has even told pro-illegal immigration organizations like the League of United Latin American Citizens, Libre Initiative and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that the President is willing to put illegal amnesty for 1.8 million so-called Dreamers on the table. Those talks have not come to fruition thus far, but the President has certainly changed his tune.
“We need an immigration policy that helps all Americans thrive, flourish, prosper. We need an immigration policy that’s going to be great for our corporations and our great companies,” Trump said while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We need an immigration policy where people coming into our country can love our country and love our fellow citizens.”
With Kushner’s big business cronies in charge of immigration policy, it is not likely that E-Verify will ever implemented nationally to protect U.S. workers and hold employers accountable.
Lindsey Graham Leads Senate RINO Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Foreign Worker Visas
Graham led the letter of RINOs urging Trump to protect foreign labor.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is leading a coalition of RINOs in the Senate urging President Donald Trump to keep visas for foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.
Graham is joined by fellow RINO Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Todd Young of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and James Lankford of Oklahoma in signing onto the letter that has the audacity to claim that these foreigners taking jobs from U.S.-born workers will help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The coronavirus pandemic has brought devastating loss of life and livelihood across our country. As we begin to reopen, we know you have many difficult decisions to make to ensure the road to recovery balances economic wellbeing with the safety of every American,” the letter states.
“In part, that balance requires consideration of vulnerable American businesses across all industry sectors, including farming, forestry, packing, hospitality, healthcare, and communications and information technology, all which rely on non-immigrant guest workers to survive,” they added – showing that they care more about protecting corporate profits than protecting American workers.
The letter urges for Trump to specifically protect the H-2A and H-2B programs to keep so-called temporary workers in the country to steal jobs from American workers who desperately need them.
“As you know, the H-2A and H-2B programs are temporary and seasonal guest worker visa programs that allow businesses to find the help they need when no American worker is available or qualified to fill in the gaps,” they wrote, adding that they hoped the Trump administration would “continue to protect American farmers and other small business owners who work hard to provide our country with fresh food and other vital services by not pausing issuance of H-2A visas in the future.”
The entirety of the letter can be seen here:
Republican Sens. Graham, Cornyn, Crapo, Risch, Rounds, Young, Murkowski, Sullivan and Lankford write President Trump to urge him not to restrict temporary, work-based visas, which they say will help the economic recovery pic.twitter.com/BPDjcjUXyR
— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) May 27, 2020
The letter comes in stark contrast to another letter issued by young “America First” conservatives urging President Trump to put U.S. workers first.
Big League Politics reported on how one right-wing student leader appeared last night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tongiht” to discuss the necessity of protecting U.S. workers during the coronavirus pandemic:
San Diego State College Republicans President Oliver Krvaric called for President Donald Trump to end the H-1B and OPT foreign worker programs during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, citing the danger the frequently abused cheap labor programs pose to the economic prospects of American college graduates.
“So essentially this giving a signal to this administration, letting them know that there is an appetite- especially among young likely voters to take care of the egregious H1B and OPT abuse that’s displacing American graduates and professionals across the board,” he said.
Krvaric had joined a coalition of College Republican groups across the country calling for an end to the visa worker programs in the midst of the recession. President Trump already enacted what has been called an immigration moratorium, but a lobbying effort by White House liberal Jared Kushner on behalf of globalist business groups limited Trump’s executive order to a few immigration restrictions.
The letter from the college Republican coalition staked out several policy proposals that would give American college graduates a real stake in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus recession.
President Trump should listen to his constituents who put him in the White House instead of the RINOs who he was elected to rebuke on immigration and other key issues.
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