Speaker Paul Ryan has positioned himself as one of the leading advocates for open borders and mass immigration in Congress.
But his pet projects to flood America with cheap foreign labor just ran into the reality of Donald Trump’s election.
And Speaker Ryan was forced into a stunning retreat.
The 2017 continuing resolution to fund the government does not contain any language that extends a program created in 2015 that allowed companies to outsource 198,000 working-class jobs to foreign workers.
Critics argue the program undercuts American workers’ wages and reduces the desirability of employing American workers.
Breitbart reports on Ryan’s stunning retreat:
The new 2017 budget document, dubbed the “Continuing Resolution,” does not include a provision created in December 2015 by Ryan which allowed companies to outsource up to 198,000 extra jobs to foreign workers via the so-called “H-2B” guest worker program. The low-wage workers are not immigrants, but return to their homes after 10 months.
“We’re going to have to regroup,” said Joe Bacigalupo, a government advocacy manager at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which favored the job outsourcing program. The new budget continues to late April, giving the various employer associations another chance to lobby for a revival of the Ryan expansion, he told Breitbart News.
The long-standing H-2B program allows companies to annually bring in 66,000 foreign workers instead of hiring Americans. The program provides the companies with cheap seasonal workers, minimizes the need for companies to recruit and train Americans, and it also cuts the salaries paid to full-time American workers, say advocates.
Conservatives were outraged back in December 2015 when Paul Ryan and Republican leadership used the government funding bill to flood America with cheap foreign labor as a reward to big money donors.
The Daily Caller reported at the time on the Republican leadership’s betrayal of American workers:
GOP leaders did not advertise the provision, which would effectively quadruple the issuance of low-skilled H-2B visas at a time when record numbers of Americans are not working. Previous efforts to expand the program have been highly contested, in the form of a standalone bill and as part of the notorious 2013 Gang of Eight bill that failed to pass. Businesses use the H-2B visa program to hire low-skilled foreign workers for temporary non-farm jobs in restaurants, hotels, resorts, even trucking companies. The measure inserted into the spending bill would exempt visas issued in 2013, 2014, or 2015 from counting against the annual cap of 66,000 visas, effectively allowing up to about a quarter million more foreign workers into the U.S. job market.
These foreigners work in occupations including cooking, hospitality, construction and maintenance for as little as three months and many as three years on the visa. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate immigration subcommittee, has said the bill will be “bad for American workers” and urged Republicans in November not to attach it to the spending bill.
Cracking down on immigration – both legal and illegal – was part of Trump’s core campaign message.
He argued that immigration was also an economic issue whereby companies were using cheap foreign labor to depress the wages of their American employees.
Rather than fight for foreign workers, Ryan appears to have retreated in the face of political reality.