House Speaker Paul Ryan’s new 2017 budget allows the Department of Homeland Security to import at least 20,000 extra foreign blue-collar workers for seasonal jobs in the United States, instead of requiring companies to recruit, train, and pay marginalized Americans.
The bipartisan congressional language creates a headache for Trump and his deputies because it flips the politically difficult problem from Congress to the Department of Homeland Security of deciding whether to provide extra wage-cutting H-2B contract workers to companies or else to improve job opportunities for Trump’s blue-collar voters.
Increasing the number of low skilled foreign workers through a massive government funding bill is Washington at its worst. This is a clear betrayal of blue collar Americans who were hit the hardest by the Obama economy. Even after Trump’s victory, Congress is more interested in rewarding the business lobby’s thirst for cheap workers than getting their unemployed constituents back in the work force.
The new rule helps business groups offset rising pressure for wage increases, just 18 months before the mid-term elections when voters will vet the success or not of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” policies.
The H-2B language was hidden deep in the draft 2017 supplemental budget — which is to face House and Senate votes this week — and it surprised opponents of the legislation. In December 2016, Ryan had agreed to trim the program when the partial 2017 budget deal was announced just one month after blue-collar voters backed Donald Trump’s campaign promise of a low-immigration, high-wage national economic policy.
The language in this bill that favors foreign workers over American blue-collar workers shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to Paul Ryan over the years. In December 2015, Paul Ryan vowed to “do things much differently” in 2016 during an interview with radio host Bill Bennett. Bennett asked why he doesn’t’ just shut the government down and not cave to the Democrats? Bennett also asks why Ryan funded Planned Parenthood? Bennett also asked why there is money for Syrian refugees but not for a border wall? Finally, listen to Ryan explain why we need the H-2B Visa to Bill Bennett. Listen to Ryan’s answers. It’s interesting, that when you hear his answers and the serious issues Ryan failed to address in 2015 are the same issues they caved on in favor of the Democrat Party’s agenda again.
Apparently nothing is going to change, as long as Speaker Ryan remains at the helm. Watch:
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The language in the 2017 budget says the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to exceed the supposed 66,000 annual cap on H-2B outsourcing visas by a number equal to the maximum number of workers who benefited from an earlier exemption, dubbed the “returning worker exemption.”