A group of GOP lawmakers led by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (Ariz.) are continuing to call on the Trump administration to temporarily stop issuing all new guest-worker visas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to Biggs, Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Steve King (R-Iowa) also signed the letter.
In a letter sent to President Trump, the lawmakers praised the White House’s decision to limit the number of immigrants coming into the country during the health and economic crisis, but argued more action needs to be taken to ensure Americans who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak have ample opportunities to find new employment.
“We should not force Americans to compete with foreign nationals while jobs are scarce, and Americans should get priority consideration for employment when businesses are able to reopen," the letter said. "We urge you to suspend granting any new guest-worker visas for at least one year, and potentially longer depending on the strength of the economy."
President Trump signed an executive order last month to temporarily pause certain green cards from being issued for 60 days, in a move the administration said is aimed to preserve jobs during the Covid-19 crisis. But the lawmakers note that temporary guest visas were not included in the order, arguing that the jobs should be retained for U.S. citizens who lost jobs due to the health crisis.
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