When President Donald Trump announced the suspension of the H-1B visa program on June 22, it was widely applauded as a common-sense move.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, however, says that if elected, one of his first acts will be to end the suspension and once again admit foreign workers to fill American jobs.
Not about immigration
To be very clear, Trump’s suspension of guest worker visas had nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with wanting to see millions of Americans and legal residents getting back to work in an economy that has been decimated by the coronavirus shutdowns.
Trump believes that the president has a “moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens.”
The extended shutdowns, as well as states that are pulling back on their reopening plans, means many Americans are going to lose their jobs permanently. Not only that, but we are going to see an influx of individuals who previously owned businesses now needing jobs as well.
There is also the possibility that recent retirees will need to reenter the workforce due to the hit their retirement accounts took from recent declines in the market, yet Biden is promising to bring in more foreign workers.
Biden doesn’t get it
The jobs that are often filled by H-1B workers run the gauntlet from minimum wage jobs to high-paying tech jobs. Point being, all of those jobs are going to be needed if we are going to drive the unemployment rate down.
Those recent retirees may only need a low-income job to make ends meet until they recover their losses, while higher-paying jobs are going to be needed by people out of work and recent graduates.
Believe me, if there are job openings, there will be no problem finding workers to fill them. And there will still be millions left unemployed.
Beyond resuming H-1B visas, Biden is planning to introduce a “roadmap to citizenship” for the more than 10 million illegal immigrants that are already in this country “on day one” if elected, NBC reported.
He has also stated that he would expand refugee resettlement in the U.S. by raising the cap on refugees from 18,000 to 125,000. He also wants to see a refugee admittance minimum of 95,000 per year.
Corporate America will applaud Biden’s plans because they benefit from hiring foreign guest workers. But for unemployed Americans who need jobs and opportunity, Biden holds little appeal.