by Daveda Gruber:
The guest worker visa that was first signed by former President Trump is going to expire on Wednesday because President Biden will allow it to happen.
The ban is opposed by immigration hawks who warn it will hurt American workers but it is welcomed by big business who opposed the ban.
It was signed in the early months of the declared “pandemic” but it was not done for public health reasons. Instead it was done to protect the job market. The administration estimated it would affect about 600,000 jobs.
Proclamation 10052 was signed by Trump in 2020. It suspended guest worker programs that include new H-1B tech worker visas, H-2B seasonal worker visas, certain J work and education exchange visitor visas, and also L executive transfer visas.
Trump then extended the proclamation in December and again in an April proclamation.
Applications from foreign nationals abroad had barred green card 10014, which had barred green card applications from foreign nationals abroad. Biden revoked 10014 in February. He left 10052 intact.
A senior Trump administration official reported, “In order to ensure that we are hiring Americans first, we are putting a pause on certain non-immigrant visas into the United States, again for the purpose of ensuring that Americans can get jobs here in the U.S.”
Twitter and Google along with business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticized the suspension when it was signed. I’d guess that they are happy now.
A group of Democratic senators including Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., urged Biden, in writing, to revoke the order. It was a biased concern.
The Democratic lawmakers wrote, “The continuation of this ban creates delays and uncertainties for U.S. employers, their foreign-born professional workers, and their families. It’s also inconsistent with the previous messages and positions on this administration. Rather than attracting talented individuals to the United States, allowing these bans to remain in effect makes the immigration system harder to navigate and drives foreign talent to other countries.”
The immigration hawks are pointing to continued economic despair, as well as the crisis at the southern border as evidence that, at this time, it would be bad to let in more foreign workers from abroad.
Head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), RJ Hauman, had told news outlets, “As the Biden administration continues to fuel an illegal immigration crisis with radical open border policies, today they’ll likely pivot to legal immigration and restore unfettered access to guest workers in the midst of an economic crisis.”
He went on to ask, “Would it really hurt to send at least one signal to hardworking Americans, reminding them that they’re also stakeholders in immigration policy – not just illegal aliens and businesses reliant on cheap foreign labor?”
Biden is facing amplified opposition to moves related to immigration in general. The crisis on the border shows us this is not getting any better.
Republicans are generally opposing a comprehensive immigration reform bill until the border crisis is settled and that seems a long way off considering the Biden administration is not planning to close the border.
Democrats are even starting to wise up to the border situation with overcrowding and COVID cases in the border facilities being high due to Biden’s “open border” policies.