FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., is urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to oppose immigration provisions within the proposed finances reconciliation invoice that will make a whole lot of 1000’s extra employment-based inexperienced playing cards obtainable – provisions Hagerty calls “the crown jewel of corporate lobbying.”

In a letter to the Vermont senator, Hagerty notes that Sanders has spent a lot of his profession as an “outspoken critic of large-scale migration that displaces American workers” and famous feedback in 2007 through which Sanders stated that the U.S. mustn’t carry “millions of people into this country who are prepared to lower wages for Americans workers.”

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“For most of your career, you have been an outspoken critic of large-scale migration that displaces American workers – especially corporate-driven immigration policies – citing the substantial harm they inflict upon American job opportunities, wages, and employment conditions.”

Hagerty factors to provisions within the House model of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act – which Democrats are looking for to get via the Senate by way of the finances reconciliation course of – together with language that will “recapture” employment-based inexperienced playing cards.

“Entirely separate from the controversial provisions in the House bill providing legal status to illegal immigrants, the bill includes several provisions that effectively terminate, for at least 10 years, all numerical limits on the annual allotment of green cards,” he writes. “Of particular concern is the elimination of statutory caps on the entry of foreign workers employed by many of America’s largest and most powerful corporations.”

The language, would permit “unused visas” – or the distinction between the visa cap and the visas really allotted – to be “recaptured” and re-used. This provision would recapture visas all of the again to 1992. This would make a whole lot of 1000’s of inexperienced playing cards – which grant everlasting residency – obtainable to be used. Proponents argue that it’s merely utilizing visas that had been licensed by Congress however by no means really assigned.

Hagerty notes that the inexperienced playing cards would significantly profit these within the tech sector, and that such provisions have been backed by tech giants in Silicon Valley like Facebook and Microsoft, calling them “the crown jewel of corporate lobbying.”

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The Wall Street Journal not too long ago reported on how 80,000 inexperienced playing cards have been set to run out on the finish of Fiscal Year 2021 alone, and reporting how Silicon Valley giants have made altering inexperienced card processing a precedence — and are feeling strain from their staff. 

Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling on the Biden administration to “explore every legal avenue to preserve or recapture visa numbers that expire.”

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FWD.us, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit based by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has also called for provisions permitting for the recapturing of inexperienced playing cards.

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However, immigration hawks have argued that the lobbying for extra employment visas extra typically is utilized by firms to herald low cost overseas labor and hold wages stagnant.

“Despite our disagreements on a number of policy issues, I cannot imagine that, based on your career’s work, you could countenance the provision contained in the House bill, which amounts to an enormous corporate-special-interest giveaway,” Hagerty writes.

The letter from Hagerty to Sanders comes simply as Democrats have been outlining their newest effort to incorporate authorized standing for an estimated 8 million unlawful immigrants after prior efforts have been shot down by the Senate parliamentarian.