Populist Dick Durbin Says Donald Trump Betrays American Workers

Breitbart | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin is criticizing President Donald Trump for failing to protect blue-collar Americans from companies that prefer to hire H-2B visa workers.

“President Trump promised to put American workers first, but his Administration has dramatically increased the number of guest worker visas” in the H-2B program during 2017 and 2018, Durbin said January 16.

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“This hurts American & immigrant workers. Read my bipartisan letter warning the Administration not to repeat this mistake again this year,” Durbin said via Twitter.

The tweet included a bipartisan letter that urged administration officials not to award more than 66,000 H-2B visas in 2020 to landscapers, forestry firms, resorts, and other seasonal companies. The 2020 budget deal includes language allowing officials at the Department of Homeland Security to print many thousands of extra H-2B work permits — thus helping politicians get those extra work permits for their local employers.

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But Durbin’s populist concern about visa workers is contradicted by his consistent support for mass migration, Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart News in an interview. “As hypocritical as Sen. Durbin is, he only able to make this point because President Trump is in favor of guest workers … and Durbin is exposing a vulnerability [for Trump] that the Democrats would be stupid not to exploit” in the 2020 election, Krikorian said.

For example, in Trump’s January 10 interview with Fox TV host Laura Ingraham, Krikorian said that the president “was saying that foreign companies are opening plants here, creating jobs, and that we need foreign workers to take these jobs.” He added, “What is the point of foreign investment if we have to import foreign workers for those factories?”

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Krikorian continued, “What [Trump] is saying is that it is the government’s job to make it easier for employers to find workers. … On...
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