The latest numbers showed more than 30 million Americans still out of work thanks to strict lockdown measures put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Now, according to Breitbart, President Donald Trump is planning a move that he hopes will help get Americans back to work.
Until the unemployment rate falls, Trump confirmed over the weekend that he’d like to cut back even more on issuing new work visas, something he says is just “common sense.” Breitbart reports that an expansion of a previous executive order on that topic will soon come from the White House.
Working through the pandemic
The economy we had heading into the pandemic was remarkable. We saw record-low unemployment numbers across the board, and it seemed like the good times were never going to end.
Then, suddenly, COVID-19 hit — and we fell to the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
Just as bad as the unemployment rate was the belief that many of the small businesses that were forced to close their doors amid the pandemic will never be able to reopen again, leaving millions of Americans and legal residents out of work for the foreseeable future.
When Trump was asked about this by Fox News’ John Roberts this weekend, Trump stated that decreasing immigration during this time is just “common sense.”
“I mean, to be honest with you, it’s common sense,” he added. Take a look:
Americans agree with Trump
According to Breitbart, Trump will back up that talk by signing an executive order to halt H-1B visas, H-2B visas, J-1 visas, and L-1 visas. The goal is to help leave jobs available for out-of-work Americans and legal residents that need employment right now.
Democrats will more than likely be furious at the move, but it will not go unnoticed by Americans. Breitbart reported separately that a new poll indicated between 55% and 85% of voters support slowing down immigration until unemployment rates are back under control.
Normally, the United States brings in about 1.2 million immigrants every year, with another 1.4 million work visas being permitted, according to Breitbart. Until the economy recovers, however, both of those numbers need to be decreased to ensure we don’t spiral into a recession that could take decades to recover.
It may not be a popular policy, but Trump is making the right call here.