By Allan Wall, June 1, 2020
With our nation’s economy crippled by the COVID-19 shutdown and tens of millions of Americans out of work, you’d think that now would be the perfect time to stop bringing in guest workers.
Well, that’s not how forty-seven federal Republican senators and representatives see it. They are afraid that the Trump administration might end the entry of foreign workers. And they don’t want that!
Shouldn’t American workers have first dibs on these jobs? You would think so, but apparently these forty-seven GOP lawmakers don’t feel that way.
Besides, since the U.S. has more COVID-19 cases than all of Latin America put together, aren’t we putting foreign guest workers at risk for contracting the virus?
So for the good of both American workers and foreigners, we ought to stop bringing them in, but it hasn’t happened yet and these forty-seven Republican senators and representatives want to make sure it doesn’t end.
On May 27, nine Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to continue importing foreign workers for H-2B and H-2A visas, arguing that, “Guest workers are needed to boost American business, not take American jobs.” Huh?
Who are these senators? Well, here is the list right here. See if your senator is among them: Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mike Rounds (South Dakota), Todd Young (Indiana), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), and James Lankford (Oklahoma).
If any of these nine is your senator, I suggest you contact him or her immediately and state your opinion. Click here for a Senate website where you can make your views known
The previous day, May 26, an even larger group of Republican representatives, led by Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, had sent a letter to the president defending the continued issuance of the H-2B visa.
Here is that list of those representatives, arranged in alphabetical order by surname.
See if your illustrious representative is on it: Ralph Abraham (Louisiana 5th), Jack Bergman (Michigan 1st), Jaime Beutler (Washington 3rd), K. Michael Conaway (Texas 11th), Neal Dunn (Florida 2nd), Mike Gallagher (Wisconsin 8th), Bob Gibbs (Ohio 7th), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio 16th), Andy Harris (Maryland 3rd), Clay Higgins (Louisiana 3rd), Bill Huizenga (Michigan 2nd), Bill Johnson (Ohio 6th), Dusty Johnson (South Dakota At Large), David Joyce (Ohio 14th), Peter King (New York 2nd), Doug LaMalfa (California 1st), Roger Marshall (Kansas 1st), Robert Latta (Ohio 5th), Frank Lucas (Oklahoma 3rd), Paul Mitchell (Michigan 10th), John Moolenaar (Michigan 4th), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma 2nd), Gregory Murphy (North Carolina 3rd), Dan Newhouse (Washington 4th), Guy Reschenthaler (Pennsylvania 14th), David Rouzer (North Carolina 7th), John Rutherford (Florida 4th), Lloyd Smucker (Pennsylvania 11th), Elise Stefanik (New York 21st), Chris Stewart (Utah 2nd), Steve Stivers (Ohio 15th), Fred Upton (Michigan 6th), Ann Wagner (Missouri 2nd), Tim Walberg (Michigan 7th), Robert Wittman (Virginia 1st), Rob Woodall (Georgia 7th), Don Young (Alaska At Large) and Lee Zeldin (New York 1st).
If any of these 38 representatives is your congressman/woman, I suggest you contact him or her immediately, and state your opinion. Click here for a House of Representatives website, where you can make your views known.
The actions of these lawmakers, in a time of high American unemployment, demonstrates, once again, the addiction too many Republicans have to the importation of cheap labor.
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