Borders Closed but H-1Bs Protected

Janus, the Two-Faced God

The ancient Romans worshiped a god named Janus whom they portrayed as having two faces, looking in opposite directions. The approach of the Trump administration toward immigration thus far and especially in its actions regarding the Wuhan or Chinese virus could easily be called Janus-like, i.e. two-faced.

On the one hand, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf announced at a news conference on March 20 that, beginning the following day, all non-essential travel between the U.S. and its two bordering countries, Canada and Mexico, would be shut off. The term “non-essential” is rather vague, but Wolf indicated that essential travel included that done for lawful trade, medical purposes, attending educational institutions (aren’t they all closed?), emergency response, and public health purposes. In addition, individuals attempting to enter between official ports of entry without proper travel documentation would be turned back.

Lots of wiggle room there (what is non-essential? what is proper?) but at least this policy is going in the right direction.

Going in the wrong direction in our opinion is the administration’s tact regarding the kind of immigration favored by American business interests and supported by a vast jumble of State Department visa categories. Such open-borders policies have permitted American businesses to pack their employment rolls and American cities with hordes of Chinese, Indian, and other foreign employees and their families, many of which hail from countries hit hard by the Wuhan virus.

Neil Munro of Breitbart News reported on March 19 that the Department of Homeland Security, headed by the same Chad Wolf, a former pro-immigration lobbyist, is actually acting to expedite and accelerate the awarding of H-1B visas to foreign workers, in spite of the fact that thousands of American workers have lost their jobs due to the virus outbreak.

In addition, the coronavirus spending bill currently being debated in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives would automatically extend all visas and work permits of all foreign workers in the U.S. That bill is still under debate and the House and Senate must agree, but any bill they submit to the White House will surely be signed immediately by the President.

The American people and the American worker deserve a single, America-first policy from their government. The day of automatically granting the wishes of the business community in its ceaseless quest for cheap, compliant labor must end. Our jobs and perhaps our lives depend upon it.

For more see Breitbart News.

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