Skip to comments.The House GOP immigration bill is big business populism
Posted on 01/12/2018 9:07:48 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
On Wednesday, Republicans unveiled a House immigration proposal that was endorsed within hours by the White House. The plan is a mix of parts of President Trumps populist agenda with visa expansions to big business and agricultural lobbyists.
Overall, it's a good plan, but it wouldnt help working-class voters that make up Trumps base as much as he promised.
The Securing Americas Future Act gives Trump supporters basically everything they want on border enforcement, including a border wall, 5,000 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents, a biometric exit-entry system, and advanced border technology, including drones.
In addition, it will create a nationwide, mandatory E-Verify system that will prevent employers from hiring future illegal immigrants. This will be a game changer, as it will make businesses liable if they undercut American workers by hiring illegal immigrants. This would in turn defeat the No. 1 driver of illegal immigration to the United States.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the bill ends chain migration, thus reducing legal immigration by 25 percent, only half of what Trump proposed last year. Citizens and green card holders will only be allowed to bring in their spouse and minor children, but there will be a renewable temporary visa for the parents of American citizens and green card holders, so they can visit for an extended period of time. It would also end the Diversity Visa Lottery system.
Thats the good news for Trump supporters, but the trade-off may be too big a bullet to bite.
DACA recipients who proved they werent members of gangs and had no criminal convictions would be eligible for a three-year, renewable legal status that would allow them to live, work, and travel in the U.S. Those recipients would also be allowed to use work or marriage sponsorships to earn green cards and eventually citizenship if they qualify down the road, but its not a guaranteed path to citizenship.
This is a fine deal that most Trump supporters would fully accept, but theres one last provision in the bill that benefits big business at the expense of working-class Americans.
The bill proposes a 45 percent increase in employment-based visas for skilled workers 55,000 new visas total. Additionally the bill creates an entirely new visa lottery system that would allow for the agriculture industry to bring in possibly hundreds of thousands of new workers annually. This part of the bill is a benefit to an industry that was just beginning to increase wages and offer benefits to draw more American labor.
This is corporate populism, Republicans promising to enact Trumps policies but only if their donors receive some kind of benefit.
Trumps original plan, backed up by the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE, would have cut legal immigration without creating any new visa program, and it would have significantly cut the amount of unskilled foreign labor and competition facing working-class Americans. This proposal only dances around the edges and increases foreign labor in some circumstances.
Mass immigration has come at a huge expense for working-class Americans, and it has helped fuel Trumps populist movement. While the Securing Americas Future Act is the best enforcement bill that also deals with the DACA population, it still does not address the concerns of Trumps base.
Unless the bill can aid American workers more than corporations, it will not stem the tide of discontent among Trumps base who feel like Washington is a swamp that looks out for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Corporate populism. I like that term. The tax bill was the same. The GOPe is basically blackmailing POTUS and the GOP base that elected him. Disgusting.
sounded good until the latter part.
since any house bill will have to be reconciled with a more liberal senate version,the initial house offering better be hard-core enforcement, deportations, and nothing more
It was a gop tax bill. That simple. There was no 'populism'.
Just another K street bill. There was no outrage from them. They got what they wanted.
Take out the DACA and agricultural visas parts.
Ryan must be removed at any cost .
The House and Senate are Dem in 2018 .
Trump better stop these treasonous snakes .
This is flat out treason and we are fed up stopping these Globalist traitors .
The House needs to be cleaned out .
Blood bath 2018 is coming and that moron Ryan face is just as hated as Pelosi .
If this Never Trump Newsletter likes it then we are screwed .
The chamber of crony capitalist run this Rag .
The House bill must be a disaster .
Since the House bill has been kept so quiet was the plan to ram thru this treason while the Senate bill took the heat !
I smell a Huge Set up by the Cheap labor Express and the WH !
Notice the story was released on a Saturday and a federal holiday weekend to
bury it .
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