President Trump outlined details of his executive order temporarily halting legal immigration yesterday and this morning. He is signing the new order today and from those details, his administration has given so far, the order does not go nearly far enough nor solve the main issues of soon to be 30 million Americans looking for work.
The order only currently applies to immigrants applying for and wanting permanent stay here in the United States. So in other words, people that are going the legal route and paying a lot of money wanting to make America home. The United States admits on average about 1 million of these types of immigrants yearly.
What the order does not stop: U.S. will still allow foreign workers to arrive through the H-2A visa program that delivers an endless flow of cheap labor to farmers.
Trump said regarding the H-2A visa program: “The farmers will not be affected by this at all,” Trump said. “If anything, we’re going to make it easier, and we’re doing a process for those workers to come in to go to the farm where they’ve been for a long time.”
The numbers: Last year, U.S. farmers hired roughly 250,000 H-2A foreign visa workers. The H-2A program allows American farms to import endless numbers of foreign workers and pay them below-average U.S. wages.