One would think that with tens of millions of Americans out of work, President Donald Trump’s recent temporary suspension of the H-1B worker visa program would be a welcome thing
Not to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, however, who vowed that should he be elected, he will lift the ban designed to prevent foreigners from taking American jobs during the coronavirus economic downturn, according to Breitbart.
Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order suspending a number of foreign work visas through the end of 2020, including those within the H-1B category, as The Hill reported.
The move was an extension and expansion of a more limited action taken in April in response to the coronavirus-related economic disruption and attendant job losses suffered by Americans.
According to Biden, the work visa suspension is an outrage because “The people coming on these [H-1B] visas have built this country,” as Breitbart noted.
Who built it?
The visa program at issue was first put in place via the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, and the Immigration Act of 1990 subsequently divided the program into H-1A visas for nurses and H-1B visas for white-collar positions.
As such, Biden is apparently operating under the assumption that the country had not yet been “built” in 1990 when workers began to arrive under the H-1B rules.
Most Americans, however, believe that this country was built on the sweat and backs of our Founding Fathers, the patriots who helped this country win its independence almost 250 years ago, and the citizens who have been expanding upon those efforts ever since.
High stakes election
Biden has popped his head out of his Delaware basement just long enough to let out-of-work Americans know he has no intention of putting them at the head of the line for available jobs in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The reality is that if Biden does somehow win in November and he keeps his promise to reinstate these visas, wages will be depressed and countless Americans will lose employment opportunities to workers from abroad, undermining an already fragile economic recovery process.
Cynical observers might suggest that such an outcome is precisely want Democrats want, because it would pave the way for the massive federal entitlement expansions and government dependency they continuously seek.
While it has generally been true that each successive generation of Americans achieves greater success than the last, if Biden becomes president, that may cease to be the case.