Mexico MigrantsRepublican bill allows unlimited numbers of immigrants to come to US to take jobs

One of Paul Ryan’s first acts as Speaker of the House could mean an unlimited number of immigrants coming to the United States for jobs.

Ryan, and Republican leaders, are moving ahead with a bill removing the limit placed on the number of H-2B visas available to immigrants looking to work in the United States.

H-2B visas are for temporary, non-agricultural workers.

But with the Obama administration not enforcing time limits, and no system to track the visas, it’s practically an open invitation to come to the Unites States and stay permanently, illegally and without consequence.

The Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (Season) Act or H.R. 3918 was introduced by Republican Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Andy Harris, R-Md., and Charles W. Boustany, Jr., R-La.

Republican Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have introduced an identical bill in the Senate.

“The Season Act provides much needed reforms to the H-2B guestworker program so that American employers have access to a reliable workforce during peak seasons,” says Goodlatte.

“Additionally, the bill contains protections for American workers and taxpayers so that they are not adversely impacted by this seasonal guestworker program,” added Goodlatte.

Conservatives are outraged.

In an editorial against the bill, Investors Business Daily writes:

Studies confirm that as much as 43% in the decline of wages for low-income workers in high-immigration areas is due to an influx in cheap foreign labor.

A 2010 Congressional Research Service report, for instance, cites a study by Harvard economist George Borjas that found that a 10% increase in the number of foreign workers in a given skill group reduced weekly wages for native-born workers by 4% and the number of weeks they work by 3%.

Other studies, including one by demographer Steven Camarota, found an even larger effect: for every 1% increase in immigrants in a low-skilled occupation, weekly wages for native-born Americans declined by 0.8%.

In short, this law would be a big favor to businesses that want and need a low-wage workforce, but will damage he job and wage prospects of those at the bottom of our highly specialized, tech-based economy.

“These are explicitly nonfarm jobs, often for lower-skilled work but also middle class jobs,” an unnamed legislative aide told World Net Daily. “Of course, because we don’t have a visa-tracking system and the president is not enforcing over-stay rules, it increases another avenue to add to the illegal population.”

Opponents point to the Walt Disney company as an example of what could happen under the SEASON Act.  American Disney park employees claim they have been informed they are being laid off and are being forced to train foreign workers to do their jobs.