Lindsey Graham displayed typical swampy courage when he broke with Trump on immigration but only after he won his primary.
Look, the answer to this is complex – we want legal immigration and we want the best and brightest to come here and contribute.
But we have all heard too many horror stories of American tech companies firing older, higher-paid American workers and replacing them with these low-cost visa holders.
Remember when Disney made American workers train their immigrant replacements who were holding these visas?
And if they refused that humiliation Disney threatened to deny them the few months severance offered before they were fired.
We need to find a balance but guys like Lindsey won’t even admit there is a problem with Disney and other companies abusing the system so Trump has to overrule him go it alone.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that President Trump’s expansion of legal immigration restrictions — including a temporary ban on high-skilled H-1B visas — will have a “chilling effect” on the country’s economic recovery.
Why it matters: Graham is one of Trump’s closest allies in the Senate. He and many pro-business groups, including major tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have expressed disapproval at the decision to restrict legal immigration during the pandemic.
What he’s saying: Graham tweeted, “Those who believe legal immigration, particularly work visas, are harmful to the American worker do not understand the American economy.”
“Work visas for temporary and seasonal jobs covering industries like hospitality, forestry, and many economic sectors can only be issued AFTER American workers have had a chance to fill the job position.”
“Before coronavirus, legal immigration and programs like these played an important role in helping President Trump create the strongest economy in generation. I have little doubt that programs like these would help him build it again.”
“Unfortunately, I fear the President’s decision today to temporarily shut down these programs will create a drag on our economic recovery.”
“The shuttering of these programs may not lead to employment opportunities for displaced American workers, but could instead increase the cost of consumer goods for Americans — particularly service industry related products,” he added.
Unfortunately, I fear the President’s decision today to temporarily shut down these programs will create a drag on our economic recovery.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 22, 2020
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.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 22, 2020