Omnibus Would Quadruple Number of Low-Wage Visas for Foreign Workers

Sen. Sessions says this hurts wages and reduces job prospects for native-born workers

Jeff Sessions / AP

Jeff Sessions / AP

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The upcoming appropriations legislation would massively expand the foreign worker program, quadrupling the issuance of low-wage visas, according to an analysis from Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R., Ala.) office.

The H-2B visa program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come temporarily into the United States to work either in nonagricultural labor or a temporary service job. For example, some workers who use the H-2B visa program could be employed as a housekeeper, an amusement park worker, or a landscape laborer.

According to the senator’s office, the language in the omnibus would as much as quadruple the issuance of these low-wage visas, which would replace Americans in blue-collar jobs such as truck driving, restaurant work, and construction. This is happening at a time when record numbers of Americas are not working at all.

“Our immigration system must serve the national interest,” Sessions says. “Flooding this loose labor market with additional low-skill labor hurts the wages and reduces the job prospects of those who are recent immigrants and native-born who are struggling the most.”

Sen. Sessions wrote a letter to his colleagues in Congress in November requesting that language that would increase the number of H-2B workers in the United States not be included in the Omnibus legislation.

“At a time when the civilian labor force participation rate in the United States is approximately 62.4%, now is not the time to advance legislation further depressing wages and employment for U.S. workers,” Sessions said. “Pew polling data shows that 83% of the voting public wishes to see the level of immigration frozen or reduced; it is high time Congress respected the will of the American people.”

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with CNSNews.com where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is meyer@freebeacon.com.

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