President Donald Trump is anticipated to expand a current executive order to additional halt the influx of foreign visa employees whereas more than 30 million Americans are unemployed.
A number of sources who spoke to NPR said Trump is more likely to sign an expansion of his April executive order on immigration that froze new employment-based green cards, a small category of the over two million legal immigrants and foreign workers who’re admitted to the United States yearly.
The expansion, which Trump might sign this weekend, is expected to halt the flow of overseas employees arriving on H-1B visas, L-1 visas, J-1 visas, and H-2B visas.
The expansion would mean a major reduction to foreign competitors within the US job market until the end of the year, as right now about 40 million Americans are unemployed and/or underemployed – all of whom want to work full-time.
The order would target H-1B visas, which are designed for certain skilled workers such as those employed in the tech industry, as well as L-1 visas, which are meant for executives who work for large corporations. [Emphasis added]
The executive action is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff; J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors and other cultural and work-exchange programs. Trump could renew the suspensions when they lapse. The order is not expected to immediately affect anyone already in the United States. [Emphasis added]
“No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time,” said RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for lower levels of immigration. FAIR had called on Trump to suspend guest worker visas.
Trump’s expansion of the order is anticipated to exempt J visas for foreign au pairs, a program often utilized by wealthy households to import cheap nannies; the H-2B visa program that brings in an uncapped variety of foreign farmworkers; OPT visas that offer cheaper foreign workers to tech firms, and foreign workers deemed vital to the treatment of coronavirus patients.
For months, grassroots American workers advocates and college student groups have fought against the donor class, Big Tech lobbyists, and the Chamber of Commerce in pushing Trump to expand the order to cut back foreign competition in opposition to unemployed Americans.
The most recent polls from ten swing states, performed by Zogby Analytics, confirmed that the overwhelming majority of voters mentioned they need much less immigration.
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The US admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants yearly on green cards to permanently resettle in the country. As well as, another 1.4 million foreign workers are admitted yearly to take American jobs. Typically, Americans are fired and replaced by foreign visa workers. Many are forced to train their foreign replacements.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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