Both the House and the Senate have been working on legislation to grant mass green cards to Indian workers.
On Wednesday, the House won the race to the finish, presenting its version of the legislation with the support of about 100 Republican members, Breitbart reports.
Taking American Jobs
President Trump has pushed merit-based immigration for quite some time now.
The legislation passed by the House is trying to cloak itself as that, but it actually nothing more than an attempt to turn more American jobs over to immigrants.
The new legislation would create a fast track for green cards for 300,000 contract workers from India. Additionally, it would aid their family members also get green cards. In many cases, there are jobs being farmed out to Indian workers that could and should be American jobs.
Instead, companies will be able to keep wages low by bringing these individuals into the country to continue to do the work rather than hiring Americans at a decent wage to do the work.
Among those upset about the legislation was Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who stated:
I do believe in merit-based immigration, but I don’t think this is the bill, though, because it would reward employers who literally replace American workers potentially with hundreds of thousands of low cost, less skilled workers who are entering on temporary visas, mainly H-1Bs, often working the tech sector.
Democrats have railed for years about creating higher wages for American workers. This bill, if passed, will do the complete opposite.
The jobs market right now is right where it needs to be to drive wages. We have fewer job openings, which means companies need to pay more in order to attract the best candidates.
This legislation will flood the market with low-paying white-collar jobs that will crush American workers.
This is an example of lobbying dollars at work and nothing more.
Now, it will be up to the Senate to block it. However, as stated, the Senate is also working on legislation for the very same issue, which means it will be left up to Trump to veto it and hope his veto holds up against the backlash.