Laura Ingraham suggested that the Trump administration should implement an immigration moratorium while trying to stop the coronavirus outbreak and as millions of Americans are forced to stay home from work. Many of those workers rely on hourly minimum wages.
“All immigration to the US should be halted due to this national emergency — we sure as heck don’t need any foreign workers with millions of Americans on verge of losing their jobs,” Ingraham wrote, along with “#AmericaFirst.”
“All foreign worker visas must be stopped,” she said in another tweet.
Even as the White House is reportedly warning of a 20% unemployment rate, Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed to the Washington Times that the agency would keep in place its recent decision to import an additional 35,000 H-2B foreign visa workers to take non-agricultural U.S. jobs.
Breitbart reported that every year, U.S. companies are allowed to import 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. For some time, the H-2B visa program has been used by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages undercut.
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan wrote in a post online:
“Trump official reportedly warns of potential 20% unemployment due to the pandemic (and the public response). So why are we still admitting visa workers? Especially the H-2B unskilled workers supposedly needed for seasonal or peak load. Shut it down.”