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Hensarling: GOP-Controlled Congress Should Massively Increase Guest-Worker Permits for Foreigners

Hensarling: GOP-Controlled Congress Should Massively Increase Guest-Worker Permits for Foreigners

If Republicans gain control of Congress, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wants more guest-worker visas for high-tech and low-skilled workers in addition to a piecemeal immigration reform.

Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committee Chair whom the pro-amnesty Wall Street Journal touted as the “leading candidate to eventually succeed John Boehner as Speaker,” would “like to see immigration reform that allows more H-1B visas for high-tech workers and also creates a ‘vibrant guest-worker program’ for low-skill workers who want to come here to work in agriculture.” The Journal also noted that Hensarling “believes a good guest-worker program is a form of border security because it allows law enforcement to focus on catching criminals and terrorists: ‘Less hay to find the needles.'” He doesn’t think a “physical wall” is needed “over the entire length of the border.” 

Hensarling, according to the Journal, also “thinks a GOP Congress would still be able to move piecemeal immigration reform” passed. The Journal refers refers to illegal immigrants who should be “liberated” from the enforcement bureaucracy as those “crossing America’s southern border to make an honest living in the U.S.” 

As Breitbart News reported, a recent national Polling Company poll found that “90% of likely voters feel that U.S.- born workers and legal immigrants already here should get first preference for jobs.” And “among likely voters who think that illegal immigration laws are enforced ‘too much,’ 67% believed that jobs now held by illegal immigrants should go to American workers.” The poll also found that even 61 % of voters who favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants “feel that Americans should be employed in jobs that illegals currently have.”

As Breitbart News has extensively documented, there is not a shortage of American workers in either the high-tech or low-skilled sectors. And everyone from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to Vice President Joe Biden has recognized the importance of high-tech jobs for social mobility. For instance, Biden spoke about the importance of tech and IT jobs in providing “pathways” to the middle class for Americans trying to move up the economic ladder, which will be reduced if there are massive increases in guest-worker visas.”

And Ron Hira, an H-1B expert and public policy professor at Howard University, “has said tech jobs have traditionally provided ‘people who come from working-class backgrounds” a “way of getting into the middle class and the professional class,” and that will be “cut off” if Congress passes legislation to massively increase the number of guest-workers who are allowed into the U.S.  

He said this even though there is a surplus of American high-tech workers, and companies like Microsoft have lobbied for massive increases in guest-worker visas while laying off 18,000 American workers.

There are plenty of Americans willing to do jobs that pro-amnesty elitists believe they are unwilling to do. An exhaustive Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report, for instance, found that immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, are not taking jobs that “Americans will not do.” The report determined that in “all 472 civilian detailed occupations as defined by the Department of Commerce,” there were only six “majority immigrant (legal and illegal)” occupations, as Breitbart News noted. And those occupations, according to the report, “only accounted for one percent of the total U.S. workforce.”


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