A significant foreign worker increase that House Republicans sneaked into their Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget plan should be scrapped, according to experts at the Heritage Foundation.
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee want to dramatically increase the number of foreign workers within the American labor market at the same time as statistics from each year reveal millions of Americans are having difficulty getting back into and staying in their places of employment.
The Republicans’ $91.5 billion DHS budget measure would remove restrictions on blue-collar immigration, resulting in a surge of foreign workers competing for employment with working-class Americans under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.
The law essentially relaxes the requirements for H-2A agricultural visas, allowing more firms involved in the agriculture sector to hire foreign workers, and also reformats the program so that occupations are no longer required to be seasonal or temporary.
By guaranteeing that foreign employees who entered the country on H-2B visas in the previous three years wouldn’t be counted against the yearly maximum of around 66,000, the measure further broadens the H-2B non-agricultural visa program. The proposal may result in at least 200,000 more foreign employees on H-2B visas entering the American job market.
Republicans are being urged by Heritage Foundation’s Lora Ries and R.J. Hauman to remove the bill’s foreign worker increase because “such significant modifications to legal immigration policies should be discussed and voted on through the authorizing committees, not slipped into an appropriations measure.”
According to the Washington Post, Representative Andrew Clyde (R-GA) tried to get the foreign worker expansion removed from the measure, but Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and David Valadao (R-CA), who receive a lot of funding from agriculture special interest organizations, reprimanded him.
Both the H-2A and H-2B visa systems are rife with abuse and fraud, as Breitbart News has shown for years. American businesses have been caught cutting workers’ pay, firing Americans and hiring foreigners, and engaging in labor trafficking.
Black Americans received a settlement earlier in the year after they were sacked and replaced with foreign H-2A visa laborers from South Africa at two American farms near the Mississippi Delta.