Trump administration to increase low-skill migrant workers, remove protections for American workers

05 May

“Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. The chains of tormented mankind are made out of red tape.” – attributed to Franz Kafka

Still believe in Trump?

A few days ago our legislators reached a tentative deal to fund the government through September; though the legislation has not been finalized and signed yet, the current agreement expires at the end of the week. Byron York reports that, like any 1,665-page bill, it’s stuffed with a lot of lawmakers’ pet priorities:

One of those priorities sure to cause controversy, if it becomes widely known, is a provision to greatly increase the number of temporary, low-wage foreign workers allowed into the United States. (In government-speak, “temporary” can mean a worker who spends up to nine months a year in the U.S. for multiple years.) The number of such workers is currently limited to 66,000 per year. Under the new spending bill, that could double.

It’s right there on page 735, in a section dealing with H-2B visas, which allow foreign workers to fill low-wage, seasonal, non-agricultural jobs in the United States. … “Notwithstanding the numerical limitation set forth [in the law],” the bill says, “the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor, and upon the determination that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2017 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor, may increase the total number of aliens who may receive a visa [under the H-2B law].”

In addition to increasing the number of H-2Bs, the new provision would remove some key protections for U.S. workers. In an email conversation, Michael Hancock, a former top official in the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, said that at present, there is a requirement that U.S. workers in the same geographical area as H-2B workers “are entitled to at least as generous wages and terms of employment as H-2B workers.” The visa provision in the spending bill, Hancock said, “forbids the Department of Labor from enforcing this protection on behalf of U.S. workers.”

Never mind the wall; how about just NOT increasing the total number of low-skill foreigners present in America, and protecting American workers?

What about ‘America First’, huh?

Hey, unswayable Trump loyalists: Still not tired of being betrayed?


16 responses to “Trump administration to increase low-skill migrant workers, remove protections for American workers

  1. Will S.

    May 5, 2017 at 12:37 am

    C’mon Trump loyalists: aren’t you beginning to have this internal monologue?

  2. scarecrow72

    May 5, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Well, you said it before – Trump betrayed the reactionaries.

    I do not believe in conspiracies, but dang – either Trump is a true politician, or he has been replaced by a reptilicant. You know – those lizard creatures things.

  3. Dave

    May 5, 2017 at 2:48 am

    This is an outrage, unless it’s a ruse to bring in thousands of young, slender, Slavic hotties … yum yum!

    • Will S.

      May 6, 2017 at 1:05 am

      You have a rich fantasy life, sir. 😉

  4. Cecil Henry

    May 5, 2017 at 7:47 am

    The sole issue Liberals will not compromise on is the urgent need to replace the White population of all nations with the Third World

    How can you peacefully defend your interests when every form of ‘democracy’ results in no representation and the same coercion and unrepresentative outcome???

    Really, people must not allow their nations and interests and future to be destroyed like this:: and the politician process is unquestionably a farce. So there is no peaceful means left. NOne.

    • Will S.

      May 6, 2017 at 1:06 am

      We shall see, I’m sure…

  5. Gene Kronberg

    May 5, 2017 at 10:24 am

    “which allow foreign workers to fill low-wage, seasonal, non-agricultural jobs”

    House painting, carpentry, masonry, roofing, yard work. These politicians have only contempt for the blue collar working man: they are wiping out entire work categories which were once the domain of working men.

  6. feeriker

    May 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Hey, unswayable Trump loyalists: Still not tired of being betrayed?

    These people are a unique category of stupid (think of the retarded child who sticks his finger [or some other part of his anatomy] into a live electrical socket and yet, far from learning from the unpleasant and damaging experience enough to never even think of doing it again, keeps on doing it again and again). On the other hand, they’ve been quiet of late. That tells me that they’re either 1) perfectly fine with having been betrayed, or 2) have finally released that they’ve been pwned, but are wracking their atrophied little brainlets thinking of ways to spin it in a positive light.

    Either one of these is plausible. Being without principles or brains, the idea of revolting against the status quo is beyond their ability.

    • Will S.

      May 6, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Lucy is wearing a Donald Trump mask, and Charlie Brown has fallen for the football trick yet again…

      • feeriker

        May 7, 2017 at 2:34 am

        Yep. I sometimes wonder why Charles Schulz didn’t create Charlie Brown as a mentally retarded kid. There was no such thing as PC back in those days. He could’ve SOOOOOO gotten away with it …

      • Will S.

        May 7, 2017 at 8:37 am

        Probably because Charlie Brown was a stand-in for himself; the little red-haired girl was some woman Schulz lusted after, I read, and I believe I read he had an affair with her.

  7. Joshua Sinistar

    May 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    If you look at politics its a pile of shit with excuses. The Left talks about food and fairness, the “Right” talks about “New Amerikwans” and profits, but basically its just excuses to shine a Giant Turd. Say what you will, but basically its all shill and swill. Trump could have been a Historic Change, but he decided to side with The Dead Banker’s Society. “Win” like Sheen or lose with “dignity”, their pet projects kill them by Eating the Rich or We Shoot ’em. They’re Dead either way…


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