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President Biden’s agencies will bring in almost 65,000 H-2B visa workers for US jobs as millions of Americans remain out of work.

Late Friday, DHS and Labor announced allowing businesses to bring in 65,000 additional H-2B workers for landscaping, construction, meatpacking, and other industries.

Businesses can already annually import 66,000 H-2B workers for non-agricultural jobs. Trump routinely approved more, which Biden is also doing.

Specifically, 20,000 H-2B visas will go to workers from certain Central American countries, the rest to those previously approved.

Annually, about 1.2 million immigrants get green cards and 1.4 million foreign workers enter on visas.

Meanwhile, illegal immigration adds hundreds of thousands to the labor force yearly, many given work permits.

As Breitbart has chronicled, the H-2B program is rife with abuse.

This worker expansion comes as research shows 44.3 million American-born adults 16-64 are not working – ten million more than in 2000 – not counting the unemployed.

Meanwhile, foreign workers hit their highest share in almost 30 years at over 18% of the workforce, with 30 million US jobs.

Critics argue these visa increases take jobs from Americans needing them most. With labor shortages in some sectors, employers should raise wages to attract domestic workers, they contend.

Instead, businesses addicted to cheap foreign labor get visas rubber-stamped, undercutting US workers. The program suppresses wages overall, critics say.

Advocates counter visa workers fill vital jobs Americans won’t take. They claim the programs help businesses survive and boost economic growth.

Ensuring adequate protections for US and foreign workers is crucial, advocates argue. When properly regulated, they assert the programs benefit everyone.

With political gridlock on immigration reform, presidents rely on visas for foreign workers. But this band-aid ignores deeper problems.

Long-term, training more Americans for in-demand jobs is essential. Immigration should align with economic needs, not undermine workers.

Absent reforms, these visa increases will likely continue, benefiting business at a cost for many labor advocates argue should not be ignored.

Author: Steven Sinclaire

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