Will a changing of the guard in the House of Representatives make any difference? Conservative voters were plenty frustrated with John Boehner’s “go along to get along” modus operandi, as the majority they worked so hard to elect seemed incapable or unwilling to slow down the Obama agenda. Just wait, we were always told. This isn’t the right battle. It’s the best we can do for now.Ok, so NOW what? Will a Speaker Paul Ryan make any difference? Take the subject of immigration. Just last week, Ryan said he “would not work with the Obama administration on changing immigration policy, effectively pushing off the issue to at least 2017,” as reported by the New York Times.
“Look, I think it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue,” Mr. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “He tried to go it alone, circumventing the legislative process with his executive orders, so that is not in the cards.”
Oh really? So is this first bill an example of Ryan’s hardline strategy?
Last week a bill was introduced by Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Andy Harris, R-Md., and Charles W. Boustany, Jr., R-La. with the stated purpose to “reform” the H-2B seasonal guest-worker program.According to WND, “The bill would bypass the annual 66,000 cap on H-2B work visas by allowing foreigners admitted in any of the three previous years to remain and not be subject to the cap.
Critics say the GOP establishment is making it sound like it’s mainly struggling small businesses who will benefit from this bill, even as they attempt to appease their corporate backers in the tourism, forestry and hospitality industries. Companies like Walt Disney have used the guest worker visa to replace American employees.
“These are explicitly non-farm jobs, often for lower-skilled work but also middle class jobs,” a source told WND. “Of course, because we don’t have a visa-tracking system and the president is not enforcing over-stay rules, it increases another avenue to add to the illegal population.”In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 U.S. residents were foreign-born. Today it is nearing 1 in 7, and will soon eclipse every historical watermark and keep rising. Meanwhile, the wage compression enabled by long-term low-skilled migration has helped employers keep wages down beneath 1973 levels.”
Oh and by the way, WND says “one of the fastest-growing categories of immigration is from the Middle East, driven in part by refugee resettlement and worker-based visa programs.”So how is this bill helping to reduce the flow of immigrants to this country? Explain to me please how this does not work exactly the way President Obama wants it to? When we continue to have the lowest workforce participation rate since the 1970’s, why are we working so hard to flood our labor market with even more non-citizen workers?
Sure seems like “business as usual” to me.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]