‘Republican’ senator calls for more foreign workers to fill American jobs

If you had any doubts about where Sen. John Thune (R-SD) falls on the political spectrum, doubt no longer: he’s a RINO.

Breitbart News reports that Thune recently called upon President Joe Biden to bring into the country more legal immigrants to fill American jobs. 

“We need lots of them”

It was The National Desk (TND) that reported Thune as calling upon Biden to import more foreign workers. The overall thrust of the article is to argue for allowing “more migrants into the country” in order to deal with “the toll the labor shortage is taking on the U.S. economy.”

“According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about twice as many open jobs as there are people looking for work,” TND reports. “This has employers competing for staff, often with higher wages. Higher labor costs often get passed onto customers, contributing to the highest inflation in four decades.”

TND goes on to cite Thune as one congress member who is calling for, in the article writer’s opinion, the right solution: namely the importation of more foreign workers.

TND reports:

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said he’s constantly hearing complaints from employers in his state who can’t find workers. He said he’d welcome more legal immigration.

TND then quotes Thune as saying: “I think there’s H-2Bs, for example, this time of the year. We need lots of them in South Dakota and we can never get enough from the administration.”

Background

For those unfamiliar with H-2B visas, they are visas that allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals into the country in order to fill temporary, nonagricultural jobs.

Each year, there is a cap on the number of H-2B visas that businesses can hand out: that cap is set at 66,000. The Biden administration already plans on increasing that cap by over 60%. But, Thune wants more.

The thing is that there are Americans who can fill these jobs. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), for example, recently found that there are over 54 million Americans of working age who are not in the workforce.

Breitbart News reports:

The H-2B visa program has been widely used by businesses to drag down the wages of American workers in landscaping, conservation work, the meatpacking industry, the construction industry, and fishing jobs, a 2019 study by CIS finds.

The problem is not when H-2B visas are used to give foreign nationals jobs that Americans do not want. It is when these visas are used by big businesses to replace American workers in order to save them money. Thune is clearly in favor of the latter, which tells you a lot about where Thune’s true loyalties lie, and it is not with America and Americans.

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