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Laura Ingraham is making news due to some bold new comments.
And I can’t say I totally disagree.
In a series of two tweets which are copied below, Ingraham calls for temporarily halting ALL immigration to the United States during this pandemic emergency, including foreign worker visas.
Ingraham’s position appears to be a combination of safety concerns and protecting American workers who are losing their jobs at a record pace.
Take a look:
On the safety side, it's hard to disagree.
If this virus is as dangerously contageous as they say it is, then we should be taking every step possible to limit outside connections.
It's why I've never understood the 50 person ban (or 20 or 10).....if the virus is super contageous, then it's not like it becomes less contageous if you're only around 10 people.
No, you infect those 10 people, then each of those 10 people goes out and meets with 10 more and in very short time you have exponential rate of infection.
It's really a yes or no question: if it's highly contageous, you limit every single possible interaction you can, and so Ingraham would be on solid footing.
Protection American jobs also makes sense to me.
It's a core pillar of Trump's administration....#AmericaFirst.
Here's more, from the Washingon Times:
The coronavirus has left potentially millions of workers idle and forced travel restrictions, but Homeland Security says it’s still pushing ahead with plans to import tens of thousands of foreign guest workers to fill seasonal jobs, The Washington Times has learned.
The move is drawing fire from advocates who say increasing H-2B visas right now is wildly insensitive, and out-of-work Americans will be able to fill the slots.
Homeland Security announced the 35,000-visa increase at the beginning of this month, before the coronavirus crisis had fully taken hold. But as of Wednesday there were no plans to reverse course, a spokesman said.
“No changes at this time,” the department told The Times.
It was a dissonant note on a day when the U.S. and Canada announced they would impose a partial border shutdown, cutting off crossings but for cases of legitimate trade.
Meanwhile the Trump administration is also considering a new policy at the southwestern border that would automatically push asylum-seekers and other migrants back across the line, rather than admitting them and giving them a chance to fight their deportations.
Those are in addition to travel restrictions on people from China and Europe, where COVID-19 is entrenched.
Canada and Mexico are among the most prominent users of H-2B visas to enter the U.S., and both are seeing coronavirus spread this week, with Canada reporting 569 cases as of Wednesday evening, up about 150 in one day. Mexico reported 93, up 40 from Tuesday.
Jamaica, Guatemala and South Africa, which round out the top five H-2B countries, all report growing numbers of cases as well.
“When American workers are being laid off on droves because of small businesses closing, and basically the countries H-2Bs would be coming from have coronavirus, is it really the time?” said Rosemary Jenks, vice president of NumbersUSA, which advocates for American workers.
The 35,000-visa increase is discretionary.
Under the law, H-2B visas are capped at 66,000 each year, with an additional amount allowed for some returning workers. Congress over the last few years has written legislation allowing the Homeland Security secretary to increase the cap to about double the amount written into the law.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced the 35,000-visa figure on March 5, bowing to pressure from members of Congress who’d demanded he act quickly.
One was Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, who confronted Mr. Wolf at a hearing in late February.
“Making those new visas available is very important,” she lectured the secretary. “I’ve got a bunch of small businesses in New Hampshire who aren’t going to be able to do their business this summer if they don’t have those workers.”