An immigration watchdog is praising President Trump for issuing another executive order aimed at protecting American workers.
After vowing to put U.S. workers ahead of legal, visa-holding foreigners during the pandemic, President Trump has been taking hits from Big Business and fellow Republicans despite record unemployment numbers.
Trump winning on border wall despite left-wing roadblocks
President Donald Trump is making progress on his promise to add border barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, says an immigration watchdog.
In a 5-4 decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club and House Democrats aimed at halting construction of the border barrier. The plaintiffs are fighting Trump’s decision to use approximately $6 billion diverted from military funds.
The White House has argued U.S. Constitution allows for the transfer of military funds in emergencies, and Trump insists the flow of illegal aliens and illicit drugs across our southern border constitutes such an emergency.
“The wall has been successful in deterring people from coming across that border illegally. It is something that needs to be constructed,” says Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Virtually anything President Trump attempts to do is being fought in the courts, Mehlman says, and the goal is to delay Trump as long as possible even though he is typically “vindicated” by a final ruling.
Many corporations depend on such cheaper labor on their payrolls and predictably have the ear of Republican lawmakers. In April, for example, an executive order ordered a temporary halt to legal immigration but exempted farm workers because that industry was hard-hit by the coronavirus.
In an executive order signed August 3, however, President Trump appeared to take an “America First” stance: He ordered the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and the Dept. of Labor to “protect United States workers” by conducting an audit of their use of foreign contract workers.
A law dating back to the 1970s prohibits foreign citizens from holding federal jobs but contractors, however, do employ those foreign workers.
Some analysts point out such an audit makes it unclear if any action will be taken, but watchdog group FAIR called the order “welcome news” for U.S. workers.
“It makes it clear,” says FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman, “that if you have a government contract, and you lay off American workers and bring in foreign workers, that's just not going to work.”
The order, Mehlman tells OneNewsNow, is fully justified in light of so many citizens losing their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
FAIR praised President Trump in June for an executive order that suspended foreign workers into the U.S. for the remainder of 2020.