Ten Republican members of the U.S. House joined Democrats in supporting H.R. 1603, the farmworker amnesty bill.
Munro noted that Newhouse is joined by “Reps. Elisa Stefanik (NY), Mark Amodei (NV), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (WA), Mike Simpson (ID), Fred Upton (MI), David Valadao (CA), and Jefferson Van Drew (NJ)” in pushing an amnesty bill that “would push many of their own voters out of jobs and their own districts, critics assert.”
H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021, intends “to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for terms and conditions for nonimmigrant workers performing agricultural labor or services, and for other purposes.” The bill is expected to receive a vote this week.
“Congress should not debate nor vote on any further significant legislation while American citizens are cut off from their representatives and staffers by armed troops and a pandemic,” William Gheen, the founder of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, declared in a press release.
“President Biden and lawmakers who promote or try to advance Amnesty legislation for illegals during this pandemic are causing a dangerous surge on our borders when we already have 17 million Americans out of work and illegals with COVID-19 being released by the Biden administration,” Gheen claimed.
According to ALIPAC, the bill “will attract more illegal immigration into America while making future border or immigration law enforcement impossible by giving the Democratic Party millions of new voters to mobilize in exchange for government jobs, welfare, benefits, and incentives.”
In essence, this government-sponsored serfdom would put the hurt on rural labor markets by allowing employers to have an unlimited supply of cheap H-2A visa workers. Rosemary Jenks, policy director at NumbersUSA, was in touch with Breitbart, who relayed her following insights regarding the amnesty:
Once you give them amnesty, the [current illegal] farmworkers are going to leave agriculture. So the growers are going to have to replace that labor force. If the borders are open, they’ll just do it with more illegals. But if they have to use E-Verify [to ensure legal hiring], they’ll hire H-2As and pay them less. So all wages across the industry will go down, or at least be stagnant, and the farm communities will basically empty out more than what has already happened. Towns will dry up because local wages for Americans will decline — and the visa workers will send most of their wages back to their home countries. It will basically be the exacerbation of the rural-to-urban population shift that we’ve already been seeing [nationwide]. Businesses in those [rural] communities will shut down because there won’t be enough consumers. It means that [private-sector] services will diminish because there won’t be enough consumers. Tax receipts will tank, which is why [government-provided] services will decline. Drug use will increase.
Due to the obvious political implications of mass migration, Democrats are 100% on board with any form of amnesty. It’s their electoral meal ticket. Republicans like those supporting H.R. 1603 are clearly falling for the allure of cheap labor, with zero regards to the potential political and socio-economic effects of voting in favor of another cheap-labor amnesty.
It bears repeating. America is a nation, not a shopping mall. Hopefully, some Republicans can get this memo.