DHS Approves 15,000 American Jobs For Foreign Workers On H-2B Visas

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has thrown in the towel on protecting American workers, at least in this instance. Senator Thom Tillis’ (R-NC) extortion of DHS was successful. Now Tillis can stop obstructing a confirmation vote on Lee Francis Cissna as the director of the DHS’s critical U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. Kelly cried “no mas,” he surrendered.

DHS announced Monday that it would increase the number of H-2B visas allotted for unskilled seasonal workers this year in non-agricultural industries such as tourism, landscaping, meat-packing, restaurants and bars by 15,000. They’re the kind of jobs Americans used to do, summer jobs for kids out of school and the like, before labor importation became the norm.

Tillis claimed, on behalf of his campaign financiers, that there is a labor shortage that just can’t be filled with American workers. He left out the qualifier of “as cheaply as they’re used to being able to pay bargain-priced foreigners.”

In his own curious and dubious statement, DHS Secretary Kelly said he had consulted with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and determined there were not enough “qualified and willing U.S. workers” to fill the needs of businesses. Really, Secretary Kelly? Just how qualified does one need to be for an unskilled position, beyond being able to show up on time ready to work? At least the Americans speak the same lingo as their customers and most managers.

As for willing, that gets back to the wage level. Americans aren’t willing to work for what the imported foreigners are paid by the exploitative employers. They should be paid more, whatever the market dictates, without the destructive impact of foreigners undercutting them. These are American jobs that should go to Americans. The business owners have no problem accepting and fully expect the payment for their products from their American customers at the full posted prices.

In his statement Kelly said, “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers. As a demonstration of the administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, [And at the expense of American workers] DHS is providing this one-time [for three year periods] increase to the congressionally set annual cap.” Just a question, Kelly, did you give any thought to the irreparable harm that you’re doing to 15,000 American families due to a lack of available jobs or just to the politics?

The number of H-2B visas had been capped at 66,000 for this year, with a three year term that’s now 81,000 jobs that are unavailable to unemployed Americans for three years and 81,000 instances of rewarding unscrupulous employers who are more than willing to undercut American workers.

With over 90 million Americans out of the work force and many working part-time due to an inability to find full-time employment, Kelly’s words ring hollow. If the employers were forced to hire Americans wages would increase in all sectors due to competition and the middle class could possibly begin a rebound.

As long as the government, in this case Kelly at DHS in combination with the sellout North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, continues to enable the undercutting of Americans and their exclusion from the workforce, the economic difficulties will remain.

Roy Beck of NumbersUSA said of the announcement, “Sec. Kelly’s decision to increase H-2B foreign workers threatens to reverse the trend of reports emerging around the country of employers working harder and raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs.”

There’s no threatening to about it, this decision means 15,000 jobs for three years that will go to a foreigner and his family in some other nation. That’s not how you make America great again, Secretary Kelly.


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13 Comments on DHS Approves 15,000 American Jobs For Foreign Workers On H-2B Visas

  1. Kelleigh Nelson // July 19, 2017 at 9:34 am // Reply

    Rick, E-Verify isn’t the answer. You and I are self-employed, but how would you like to go through E-Verify to get a job? Yes, that’s what would happen, not just the foreign born, the green card carriers, the HB1 and 2 Visa workers, but all Americans would have to go through E-Verify. Check out this article, E-Verify and the Emerging Surveillance State by Tom DeWeese http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom199.htm

    Then check out E-Verify is a Threat to Liberty by DeWeese http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom201.htm

    Tom isn’t the only one who has done the research into this. Patrick Wood who wrote TECHNOCRACY RISING has also researched E-Verify and the surveillance state.

    I don’t make blanket statements unless I’ve read enough and dug around enough to be convinced, but I think the simplest thing to read is Tom’s article on Surveillance as he makes it very clear what we should do, and it doesn’t require changing our laws from innocent until proven guilty to guilty until proven innocent.

    • I’ve gone through a lot more than just an e-verify for jobs, in casinos you have to get gaming cards, fingerprinted, police report etc – background checks and invasive drug tests are ubiquitous in the US now, in violation of those same principles of innocent until proven guilty – an employer has no right to that info – and we all must fill out I-9 right to work in the US as well, providing proof of ability to work which is apparently easily defeated. I don’t mind e-verify, at least we’re getting something in return.

      • Kelleigh Nelson // July 19, 2017 at 10:53 am // Reply

        So have I, I worked at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe as a cocktail waitress, worked at Playboy in Chicago, worked for TRW in management and had to go through all that you mentioned. Rick, read the article I suggested you read by Tom DeWeese…
        And the most dangerous aspect of E-Verify is that it sets the stage for a national workforce management system which gives the government ultimate power to decide who works and who doesn’t. Obama could have appointed a “Jobs Czar” to comply with the new E-Verify law. It is designed to ultimately subject all Americans to an intrusive global surveillance system as the information in DHS data banks is being transferred to international systems through such DHS partners as American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
        Those who profess a love of freedom must learn quickly that granting government massive new powers to control employment is not freedom, but tyranny beyond any ever experienced in the United States. HR 2164 and E-Verify in any form must be stopped.
        I actually wrote an article in 2010 about a naturalized citizen who got trapped in the nightmare of E-Verify in his state. THE PLIGHT OF A NATURALIZED CITIZEN http://newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh113.htm

  2. Ok… Now, answer me this, if Trump cuts Welfare and those cut need jobs, where the hell are these people to go? Give a fighting chance for Americans, Hoss! Damn… If, say a European car manufacturer comes to America, will Americans get a crack at a decent job or are you going to allow more H-2B’s to take those jobs as well? What ever happened to Americans getting these jobs? Stop and think, you pinheads!!

  3. Yeah, we’ve been fighting that on NumbersUSA. Either we didn’t start soon enough (bad communication?) or we didn’t have enough push to stop them. Kelly and Acosta need to be fired! President Trump, get rid of these losers, soon as you can! NumbersUSA works most of the time, but not always I guess. So sorry.

    • Kelleigh Nelson // July 19, 2017 at 4:41 am // Reply

      Pat, Numbers USA is not our friend in reality.
      Goals 2000 is in place, School to Work is in place, Secondary, Elementary Education Act (ESSA)is in place, and ALL THAT IS LEFT IS THE GLOBAL WORKFORCE! How would you like to go through the government data base for employment? Link This is what E-Verify does, for everyone! Read Marc Tucker’s letter to Hillary. All that is left to finish their agenda is the workforce and they will hide that in “inconspicuous legislation.” What a more perfect place than illegal legislation.
      To top it off, most of the anti-illegal organizations were founded by John Tanton. Here is a list of his network, and please notice population control and eugenics. John Tanton M.D. is “publisher of The Social Contract and served as editor for its first 8 years. He is a retired eye surgeon whose boyhood on a farm made him into an ardent conservationist and advocate for the environment. His conviction that continued human population growth was a large part of the conservation problem led him to chair the National Sierra Club Population Committee (1971-74), and to the national board of Zero Population Growth (1973-78, including a term as president, 1975-77). In 1979, Tanton shifted his focus towards fighting immigration to reduce the U.S. population, and organized the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) based in Washington, D.C. Since then, Tanton has formed, funded, or otherwise been affiliated with many prominent anti-immigration organizations, in what has been termed the John Tanton Network. He is also closely affiliated with a number of white supremacist organizations such as the Pioneer Fund. Tanton’s close relationships with white nationalists and eugenics is documented at the Center for New Community.
      Numbers USA will take over for this guy when he cashes in…be very careful of who you follow, even when they sound so very good. I’m sorry the links didn’t come through.

      • Ok, Kelleigh, I get that you don’t like NumbersUSA. But I would beg to differ on several issues, e-verify being one. How are we to keep illegals from taking jobs if nobody knows they’re illegal? This Jon Tanton I’ve never heard of, but sounds like he’s been trouble for years. Conservation is not a “dark horse” and more than one couple decides that 2 children is enough. So, not sure what’s evil in that. While I can still do something about some issues, I will. Sorry if that upsets you.

        • “How are we to keep illegals from taking jobs if nobody knows they’re illegal?” By deporting all of them and closing our borders!

  4. Laurence Nelson // July 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm // Reply

    What the hell is Kelly thinking? I saw this and was appalled. Our President is trying to stop this and even his own people are working against him, what the heck is up with that.

  5. TONYA PARNELL // July 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm // Reply


  6. AGAM – that’s MAGA backwards! I read an article that said it was Paul Ryan who convinced Kelly to sell us out. Convince? Bribe? QPQ? Whatever it was, Kelly was glad to comply. All this economic travesty from bureaucrats who lie the MSM. And when it comes to the truth, tillis won’t tellus. Even if we miraculously drained the swamp, we’d still find a global rock-of-agendas underneath. The American dream that became the Impossible Dream is now becoming the American Nightmare.

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