Thursday, March 17, 2022

GOP Appropriators Block Most Democratic Plans to Expand Migration

GOP legislators deserve credit for blocking most of the Democrats’ migration-expansion spending plans in the 2022 appropriations bill, says Rob Law, regulatory affairs chief at the Center for Immigration Studies.
“For once, the Republican Party on the immigration issue has really stood strong and firm,” said Law. “This is the best-case scenario.”
Business-backed pro-migration groups declared disappointment that they did not get extra taxpayer money to bring even more wage-cutting migrants into Americans’ workplaces and society.
The appropriations bill is a “huge disappointment,” tweeted Gregory Chen, the government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, whose members make money by delivering consumers and workers into the U.S. economy.
“Reads like a Trump-era bill,” lamented Heidi Altman, policy director at the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center.” The bill provides “funding for ICE detention … More deaths, more families separated, more pain, all needless,” she tweeted.
The bill is “Congress’ blatant attempt to conceal and quickly pass a bill that continues funding the violence of immigration enforcement at obscene levels, all while hoping to evade public scrutiny and backlash,” according to a business-backed coalition of progressive pro-migration groups. The coalition describes itself as the “Defund Hate Coalition.”
The complaints, however, come as Presiden Joe Biden’s pro-migration deputies are using their power within the agencies to import record levels of job-seeking, wage-cutting economic migrants, and record numbers of visa workers for blue-collar jobs and Fortune 500 white-collar jobs.
The spending bill was negotiated by the GOP’s legislators on the House and Senate appropriations committee and their various sub-panels.
For example, the homeland defense spending was negotiated by GOP Sen. Shelley More Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN). The GOP legislators were greatly aided by the GOP’s ability to block spending bills from getting through the Senate.
The GOP members who are on the committees include several legislators who have often supported more labor migration for CEOs instead of higher wages for working Americans.
The GOP legislators blocked Democrats’ plans to pull more Afghan migrants into Americans’ society, to provide taxpayer-funded lawyers for illegal economic migrants, and to issue more green cards to U.S-based, white-collar contract workers who took jobs from U.S. graduates.
They blocked Democrats ‘ plans to cut funding for immigration enforcement, and to take back prior spending on the border wall, he said.
Read the rest from Neil Munro HERE

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