Trump’s Immigration Moratorium A Huge Win For America—Now He MUST Campaign On It
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President Trump did something right Monday: He extended and expanded his temporary immigration moratorium and fundamentally changed immigration policy to Put Americans First. Most guest worker visas, including the H-1B visa, are excluded from entry under the new ban and the order is extended until the end of the year. The order is taking flak from all the worst people, a sure sign it’s over the target. It might signal Trump’s return to his old self—the Jared Kushner agenda isn’t helping him in the polls, so it’s time to deliver what the Silent Majority voted for in 2016.

Trump seemed to be rising from the dead when he announced the first moratorium in April. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the hype. Jared Kushner was the culprit. He gutted the original order that specifically excluded nearly all guest workers outside agriculture and healthcare. He claimed it hurt business interests [Jared Kushner pushes back on Trump’s immigration ban, by Amber Athey, The Spectator, April 21, 2020].

The new order corrects most of these mistakes. The new order bans:

The order will protect more than 525,000 American jobs from foreign competition.

The final text was actually stronger than expected, as officials told reporters the order would exempt foreign au pairs [Trump to impose foreign worker restrictions through end of year, by Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico, June 22, 2020]. The administration also plans tougher regulations on H-1B visas and asylum seekers, independent journalist Ryan Girdusky reported.

But the EB-5 visa, a foreign investor visa that primarily goes to Chinese millionaires and was notoriously exempt from the previous ban, does not appear in the list of excluded categories. And the proclamation continues to allow foreign guest workers in the agricultural and healthcare industries.

Still, despite the shortcomings, the order is a tremendous move. It limits most immigration for the rest of 2020 and reorients American immigration policy to serve our countrymen first.

The proclamation conveys that strong, America-First message:

American workers compete against foreign nationals for jobs in every sector of our economy, including against millions of aliens who enter the United States to perform temporary work. Temporary workers are often accompanied by their spouses and children, many of whom also compete against American workers. [U]nder the extraordinary circumstances of the economic contraction resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, certain nonimmigrant visa programs authorizing such employment pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers.

[Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,, June 22, 2020]

How do we know it’s tremendous? Just listen to the people who hate it.

  • The Chamber of Commerce whined that the order is “a severe and sweeping attempt to restrict legal immigration” [Trump, citing pandemic, orders limits on foreign workers, extends immigration restrictions through December, by Nick Miroff and Tony Romm, Washington Post, June 22, 2020]
  • Big Tech demanded the president not interfere with their supply of cheap H-1B labor. “This proclamation undermines America's greatest economic asset: its diversity,” Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter’s chief of public policy, shrieked in a statement. “Unilaterally and unnecessarily stifling America's attractiveness to global, high-skilled talent is short-sighted and deeply damaging to the economic strength of the United States.”
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the Internet Association, and other Big Tech entities also condemned the order [Tech companies slam Trump's executive order restricting work visas, by Rishi Iyengar and Brian Fung, CNN Business, June 22, 2020].
  • Democratic Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, himself an Indian immigrant, begged the White House not to hurt his ethnic brethren. “The H-1B program in particular plays a crucial role in addressing our dangerous shortage of health care professionals while also providing other key sectors of our economy with talent from around the world to not only fill jobs, but create new ones,” he said [Congressman Krishnamoorthi Urges President Trump To Reverse His Order Suspending H-1B And Other Work Visas Through 2020,, June 22, 2020]. “Suspending this program will only weaken our economy and our health care workforce at a time when the need to strengthen both is as clear as ever.”
  • The libertarian Volokh Conspiracy blog grumbled about the “trope of scary foreigners coming and ‘taking away’ jobs from Americans reigns supreme” [Trump Executive Order Significantly Limits Work Visas Through 2020, by Irina Manta, June 22, 2020].
  • Arguably the loudest critic: Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a supposed Trump ally and infamous immigration booster. “Legal immigration is a positive for the American economy, and visa programs allowing American companies to secure qualified, legal labor throughout the world have benefitted economic growth in the United States,” he tweeted.

He also argued that Immigration Patriots don’t understand the economy, that immigrants don’t take jobs and that high immigration boosted the pre-coronavirus economy. And the order will hurt the economy, he complained, by increasing the price of consumer goods and forcing companies to hire Americans at fair wages.

“This decision, in my view, will have a chilling effect on our economic recovery at a time we should be doing all we can to restore the economy,” he concluded in his Twitter tirade.

If all these people hate the ban, it must be a good thing.

Graham got immediate pushback from Linda Whitman, the mother of a displaced American worker, who wrote

My son, an Auburn graduate who has worked for IBM 22 years, was let go from IBM this month because each division was told to let go 2 US workers....(workers are now mostly in Costa Rica or the Far East....). There were only two Americans left in his division.

Significantly, the Main Stream Media and most Democrats have been relatively quiet. Maybe they realize it’s an incredibly popular idea and don’t want to draw too much attention to it. Polls show that anywhere from 57 to 80 percent of Americans support a temporary immigration moratorium.

Smart Republicans such as Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz have supported an expanded moratorium for weeks, knowing this is both the right and popular thing to do. Many of these lawmakers celebrated the expansion:

The order is a wholly unexpected surprise for Trump’s nationalist base. He’s appeared weak and adrift during the past few weeks, allowing rioters to run rampant and trying his best to appease racial agitators. Kushner has appeared in total control of the White House and the Trump campaign. The main aim of Trump’s surrogates is painting Joe Biden as the real racist for supporting tough-on-crime policies.

Indeed, 2020’s President Trump has done little to remind voters of 2016’s Candidate Trump, who called for law and order and putting Americans first. The messaging seemed all designed to appeal to blacks and moderate Republicans, and no one else.

But this order shows a different Trump. Rather than tweet impotently, he’s does something the people want even though the chattering class is crying bloody murder. He’s shown strength in the face of opposition from both his own party and his political enemies.

And most importantly, he’s ignored Kushner’s advice. Earlier this month,  I wrote that Trump’s attempted crackdown on the riots might mean he sidelined his son-in-law. The crackdown on cheap foreign labor reinforces that theory.

Trump gave himself a big win for the upcoming election that will force Democrats to side with cheap foreign labor over American workers.

But he has to hammer home the point at the next rally. And the next. And the one after that.

His Keep America Great troops are guaranteed to go wild for it.

Washington Watcher II [Email him] is an anonymous DC insider.

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