Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is urging Congress to approve President Joe Biden’s plan seeking amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
“We need Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform legislation President Biden proposed the day he took office,” Mayorkas wrote in an official statement by DHS.
Mayorkas’ request comes after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s order ending Title 42, a public-health policy used by the Trump administration to expel illegal immigrants. In a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday. The Trump-era policy will remain in place pending an argument before the Supreme Court in February.
The amnesty plan Mayorkas is calling for has been heavily criticized for prioritizing foreigners over Americans. The plan, titled “The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 ” is poised to grant amnesty to millions of illegal migrants who have taken the jobs and wages of Americans, including minorities.
Joe Biden's amnesty will flood the white-collar labor market, so helping CEOs expand the use of cheap & subordinate foreign graduates.
IOW, Biden would push many pro-Democratic US graduates into the same poverty & low-status future as blue-collars. #H1Bhttps://t.co/QHbVAXr62V
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) January 19, 2021
The amnesty bill will also cut Americans’ wages by increasing foreign competition in the labor market.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the many critics of the amnesty bill, said the jobs of American citizens need to be prioritized before dealing with immigration changes.
“Before we deal with immigration, we need to deal with COVID, make sure everyone has the chance to find a good job, and confront the threat from China,” Rubio said in a statement.
While Rubio agreed that America should always welcome immigrants, he stipulated that laws must be made to decide who and how many people are allowed into the country.
“… a blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully isn’t going to be one of them,” Rubio added.
A Harvard/Harris Poll revealed that a majority of voters in swing states agree with Rubio’s assertion that the jobs of Americans have to be the government’s priority. Most of those surveyed on the poll said that the federal government should ensure Americans have decent jobs ahead of foreign workers.