This is one bill that President Trump must veto the moment it hits his desk. The deal would double the amount of foreign laborers brought in to depress wages and to replace American workers.
Currently, the law allows 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. The new number is 132,000. That is ridiculous. That’s an additional 66,000 jobs where cheap foreign labor that will displace 66,000 Americans. This is a betrayal most foul and the president needs to put his foot down and veto this bill.
We have to stop this madness and put our workers first, even if it means a small increase in prices.
Every year, the U.S. companies are allowed to import 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. The H-2B visa program is used by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages undercut.
An exclusive report by the Washington Times reveals that Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SC), and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) have made a deal with the business lobby to import more than double the amount of foreign workers on the wage-cutting H-2B visa to ensure that business has readily cheap labor available instead of having to recruit Americans for the blue-collar jobs.
The annual inflow of low-skilled foreign workers would increase from 66,000 to at least 132,000 under the terms of the GOP-business deal. Though proponents of the deal tout that businesses would be mandated to use E-Verify, the system that certifies a worker is not an illegal alien, for new hires, those same businesses would be rewarded with H-2B foreign workers to replace the illegal aliens whom they previously hired.