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    Two GOP Legislators Propose American Replacement Bill, Plus Amnesty

    Two GOP Legislators Propose American Replacement Bill, Plus Amnesty


    Neil Munro

    May 4, 2017


    Two GOP legislators are introducing legislation to let states annually import 500,000 foreign blue-collar workers and white-collar professionals to replace Americans who have fallen out of the workforce and into drug addiction.


    Two GOP legislators are introducing legislation to let states annually import 500,000 foreign blue-collar workers and white-collar professionals to replace Americans who have fallen out of the workforce and into drug addiction.

    The American replacement bill is needed because companies can’t hire the employees they want amid the massive decline in the number of Americans who are seeking work, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson told an event hosted Wednesday by the CATO Institute.



    “Why can’t Wisconsin manufacturers, why can’t small businesses, find enough people to work?” Johnson asked during a speech in a Senate hearing room with supporters of the replacement bill. He continued:

    You got to ask those hard questions… it is not going to be a government program that is going to solve that [worker decline], but smart government policy, things like the bill we’re going to be introducing with the help of CATO today … is a really good direction to move. Give a it a shot. Let’s see how much better the states do. My guess is that they will do a whole lot better than a one-size-fits-all federal [foreign worker] program.

    The bill would allow states to each get 5,000 visas for additional foreign workers per year, plus a population-based share of another 245,000 visas, plus a share of any visas not used by other states. The inflow of foreign workers would start at 495,000 in the first year, not counting the additional family members of each imported worker.

    The bill would also create an amnesty, because the visas could be given to 11 million plus illegals living in the United States, including those who returned to the United States after being deported.

    The Senator said he has 50 co-sponsors, but acknowledged the likely unpopularity of his American replacement bill, which is formally titled the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program of 2017.”

    The acknowledgment came at the end of his statement when he thanked the CATO group and his House counterpart, Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck, for backing the replacement bill. “Let’s face it, to have the courage… we’re probably a lightening rod on this bill,” Johnsson said in his videotaped speech.

    Buck said he will not formally introduce the bill yet. “I’m not ready to sponsor it in the House yet… it is important to take the bill out of the oven when it is baked.”

    In November 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency partly because many blue-collar Americans — including many in Wisconsin — oppose the economic impact of cheap-labor immigration. In January, Trump emphasized that his administration’s mantra is “Buy American, Hire American.” Since then, he has sharply reduced illegal immigration and has proposed popular plans to reform legal immigration and the contract-worker programs.

    In his Wednesday statement, Johnson spoke at length about the “new plague [of opioid addiction] in our country,” and quoted from an article describing the huge extent of worker drop out amid the post-2008 combination punch of recession and mass-immigration. According to the article by demographer Nichols Eberstadt:


    The collapse in work rates for U.S. adults between 2008 and 2010 was roughly twice the amplitude of what had previously been the country’s worst postwar recession, back in the early 1980s. In that previous steep recession, it took America five years to re-attain the adult work rates recorded at the start of 1980. This time, the U.S. job market has as yet, in early 2017, scarcely begun to claw its way back up to the work rates of 2007—much less back to the work rates from early 2000 … U.S. adult work rates never recovered entirely from the recession of 2001—much less the crash of ’08.

    The subsequent “social pathologies … I would argue are being driven by government policy,” Johnson told the hearing room, and he cited Medicaid’s distribution of free opioids throughout much of the country.

    But “it is not going to be a government program that is going to solve” that worker drop-out problem, Johnson continued. So the new visa bill, he said, is targeted to “making sure that American businesses have the labor they need.”

    The new bill is required because “we need a strong and vibrant workforce,” said Buck, as he declined to discuss any effort to fix the worker-dropout problem:

    I think we’ve got to deal with able-bodied individuals in this country who are not working … we still need to address the feeling among Americans that are workers in the country… who are not working and need to be working.

    Both Buck and Johnson are former business executives.

    The Buck-Johnson replacement bill would amplify the federal government’s employee importation policies.

    Under current law, the federal government annually imports roughly 1 million legal immigrants plus 1 million contract workers, such as H-1B therapists and professors. The immigrants and contract workers do grow the economy — but they also compete for jobs against each year’s cohort of 4 million American high school and college graduates.

    The flow of cheap immigrant labor has many effects. It does expand the consumer economy as it also shifts $500 billion from employees to employers and Wall Street, and it amps up state and local government spending by $60 billion a year. It also reduces the incentive for employers to recruit disengaged Americans or to build new facilities in high-unemployment areas, reduces businesses’ demands on schools to rebuild vocational training departments, and reduces business investment in labor-saving technology.

    Nationwide, roughly 10 percent of American “prime age” men, or 7 million men aged 25 to 54, have stayed out of the nation’s workforce of 160 million amid the glut of cheap immigrant labor and the resulting low wage rates. Many working-age Americans are not trying to get jobs, and are not participating in the nation’s labor force, largely because of low wage rates, according to an August statement by Jason Furman, the chief economic advisor to former President Barack Obama.

    That huge population of non-working rural Americans is a major part of the opioid epidemic. In 2014, roughly 47,000 in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, especially from heroin and other opiates. Heroin overdose deaths more than tripled between 2010 and 2015.

    Johnson said the bill would allow the additional incoming workers — and their families — to get the hugely valuable prize of citizenship after several years of work. But that offer of citizenship creates a compelling incentive for companies to discriminate against Americans by hiring the foreigners eager to work long hours at low pay for the future reward of citizenship.

    The prize of citizenship already acts as a government-provided deferred bonus for many foreign contract workers, such as H-1B white-collar professionals, who compliantly work long hours at low pay for several years in the hope of getting citizenship. In contrast, Americans can only get paid from companies’ pre-profit accounts, so companies have an incentive to hire foreign workers by offering them the citizenship bonus that is paid by government and taxpayers.

    The Johnson-Buck replacement legislation is backed by the self-described libertarian CATO Institute, even though the legislation would give state legislatures huge power over the life or death of many companies. For example, the legislation would give the state government the power to provide at least 5,000 low-wage workers each year to company executives who cooperate with state political leaders. It would also give the state politicians the power to ruin executives by suddenly withdrawing the imported workers from companies who disagree with the preferences of state politicians.


    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...y-immigration/


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    We need list of the 50 co-sponsors of the legislation.

    https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/pu...m-act-002-.pdf
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    Sen. Ron Johnson releases meaningful reform for farmers

    Wisconsin State Farmer1:18 p.m. CT May 3, 2017

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    The American Dairy Coalition applauds Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, for introducing desperately needed legislation to secure workers to milk cows throughout the nation. The bill he introduced today is called the “,The State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017”. The ADC has been diligently working with Senator Johnson on the introduction of this bill on behalf of our 35,000 dairy farmer members who are experiencing severe labor shortages throughout the country.

    For years, farmers have tried to hire domestic workers, but they are simply not attracted to these jobs, even though starting pay has increased to $13.00 - $15.00 an hour plus benefit packages. It is critical for the dairy industry to have a means to utilize a legal workforce since current immigration visa programs are not available for dairy farms.

    “Immigrants are not taking American jobs. These immigrants serve a crucial labor force needed to bolster our industry, and in turn, create additional jobs more appealing to our domestic workforce," said Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition.

    "Legalized immigrant labor allows dairy farm businesses to thrive and grow, providing opportunities for American citizens all the way through the supply chain.”

    ADC appreciates the hard work of Senator Ron Johnson, who understands as the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, that the United States can stringently vet immigrants coming in to the U.S. to assure the safety of American citizens, while still allowing legal immigrants into the country. Senator Johnson’s immigration reform policy provides a solution not only for producers to sustain their dairy businesses, but also to allow for the growth and expansion on dairy operations necessary to provide safe, nutritious and affordable dairy products for the world.

    The State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act creates a non-immigrant visa category, allowing states to sponsor foreign nationals who wish to perform services, provide investment, direct an enterprise, or otherwise contribute to the economic development of that state. The State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017 will provide:


    • States with the ability to voluntarily participate and they will be provided with a predetermined number of visas. Homeland Security will oversee the stringent vetting of all incoming immigrants.
    • All industries the ability to apply for visas, but each state that passes this program will determine which industries receive the designated visas based on the specific economic needs within that state.
    • Visas for low, medium, and high-skilled workers to participate for a period determined by the state, as long as it is not more than three years. Visas are renewable.
    • States to collaborate and enter “interstate compacts” for the joint administration of a state-based non-immigrant program.


    ADC will continue to work diligently with Senator Johnson to establish bi-partisan support for this very important legal immigration reform tool.


    http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/opini...ers/101249832/



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    Senator Johnson Unveils New State-Based Visa Pilot Program


    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, unveiled a new state-based visa pilot program Wednesday that would allow states to tailor guest worker programs to meet their individual workforce needs. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) who plans to introduce a version of the bill in the House of Representatives.
    “We have a shortage of workers in all different areas of the economy. We need to recognize that a one-size-fits-all federal model for visas or guest workers doesn’t work. Let the states manage the visas, allocate them to the industries that need the workers, set prevailing wage rates. I think states would do a better job of protecting their state workers—American workers—as well as making sure their industries have the people they need to be able to grow,” Sen. Johnson said in remarks about his bill Tuesday.

    Sen. Johnson’s bill, introduced Wednesday, has a broad coalition of support and has been endorsed by:



    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Bipartisan Policy Center
    • FWD.us
    • National Foundation for American Policy
    • Americans for Tax Reform
    • Marron Institute of Urban Management
    • American Dairy Coalition
    • WIB Agri-Business Coalition
    • Outdoor Amusement Business Association
    • National Roofing Contractors Association
    • ImmigrationWorks USA
    • Associated General Contractors of America
    • Compete America
    • Cooperative Network
    • National Association of Home Builders
    • South Dakota Dairy Producers
    • Professional Dairy Managers of PA
    • Oregon Dairy Farmers Association



    The full text of the State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017 can be found here.


    Sen. Johnson’s remarks on the bill at a Cato Institute event Wednesday can be found here.



    https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/pu...7-BEA2B03939BC



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    (Must Listen at Links Below) program introduced in Australia and Canada

    State-Based Visas: A Federalism Approach to the Immigration Impasse




    MAY 3, 2017

    Featuring Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ken Buck (R-CO-4), David Bier, Alex Nowrasteh, & Peter Russo


    The idea of regional or state-based visas is not a new one. Indeed, Canada and Australia have each implemented successful variations that provide some valuable lessons and hint at the major economic benefits possible for us in the United States. Adoption of a state-based visa program in America would permit our 50-state governments to craft rules for work visa programs that are more adaptable to local economic conditions than the present one-size-fits-all system run from Washington, D.C. While state governors and state and federal lawmakers are warming to the idea, all that stands in the way here is congressional approval.
    Join us as we discuss the merits of such a plan, the implications for federalism, immigration, and labor markets, and the possibility of it gaining traction in this Congress.


    Download:mp4, mp3


    (LISTEN to CATO Institue make their case, followed by Senator Ron Johnson and Rep. Ken Buck. They discuss taking some of the federal decision making, control and passing it to states).

    https://www.cato.org/multimedia/even...ration-impasse





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    (Few Notes)

    This would be a Pilot Program,

    I was in business 31 years.

    we need capital and labor,

    not one one manufacturer can find enough people,

    federal government cannot come up with one size fits all,

    Federal government is fact free zone,

    324 million people, non native born,

    42 million foreign born,

    11.3 million illegal, hasn't changed much,

    60 percent of illegal immigrants reside in 6 states,

    half of states 100,000 illegal immigrants,

    what will we do to fill 7 million jobs if deported,

    a quarter work in high skilled jobs,

    Atlantic Magazine found 40 percent Fortune 500 are foreign born?,

    we cant assume we will leading in Silicon Valley,

    we are not encouraging them to stay, brain drain,

    North Carolina Growers, largest H2B users, 6500 labor so placed each year,

    268 workers are native born, 167 showed up to work, only 7 lasted the growing season,

    we are operating in global economy,

    cannot raise wages to do the hard labor,

    Commentary Magazine article by Nick Eberstadt, demographer,
    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/a...-21st-century/

    plunging work rate,

    21st century has experienced collapse of work,

    opiod epidemic is new plague,

    nearly by half of all working age males taking pain medication,

    points to Medicaid,

    people can get drugs, weaken American family, pay them to not work,

    American men death for work,

    state based worker program,

    for 3 years, not confined to employer, can get legalization,

    don't want them to exploit welfare system,

    ****Questions Being Taken***,

    if you lose track of these people you would have to post bond,

    states in better position to track,

    say person flees states have to reimburse jurisdictions,

    will have are to apply to Ho,eland Security,

    still have overall laws at federal level,

    this will be any skill level,

    ***Citizen lawsuit question**

    if large percentage of workers leave the state, more than 3 year leave, workers reduced,

    limit 5,000 per state, 250,000,

    more questions

    once we secure the border and address the 11.3 million illegal population, America will be very humane about those here,

    were are are rolling this out today,

    I work very hard and have 50 co-sponsors,

    we will probably be a lightning rod on this bill,

    Thank you,

    Now Representative Ken Buck, serves on Immigration Committee, has written a book,
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    Ron Johnson has little regard for the American worker. How disturbing to hear him talk about American male workers. They are druggies and don't work. Need foreign citizens for hard work.
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    Still working on the bill, would love to answer questions.

    hoping compacts are formed, states can share,

    share inresponsibility of of tracking immigrants, they can move one state to another,

    any input from state legislatures,

    I have gone to governor of Colorado,

    will have state legislature plan,

    Vermont passed bill, introduced bills in other states, there is demand at state level,

    how owe will you keep track of immigrants,

    the beauty is the state will keep track, federal government should not say,

    States will be laboratories, federal government not doing very good job.

    states will apply to federal government for visas,

    comprehensive immigration reform died a few years ago,

    securing border and enactingg these plans, hopefully reduce temperature around issue,

    This is a conservative issue, Senator Johnson will lead in the Senate, I will lead in the House,

    we need to address feelings among Americans that people are not working who should be working,

    need expedited system so crops don't rot,

    no restriction, Microsoft can use this, don't anticipate restrictions,

    CATO guy asks about debate now on immigration going on,

    Debate is about fear,

    In Colorado I hear that it is unfair to employers to not know if documents are real,

    I felt it as prosecutor, in schools,

    how will it impact Colorado,

    Attracting high tech businesses, training foreign born, a partnership between public private universities,

    largest mozzarella maker in the world, huge exporter,

    benefits to agriculture,

    here are 2,500 visas to state,

    learn about economic development,

    Thank you.
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    I'm stunned.
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    ‘‘State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017’’ is thoughtful conservative approach to immigration

    WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017,” which would allow states to create a state-based non-immigrant guest worker program. Following the release of the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017,” FWD.us Campaign Manager Rob Jesmer released the following statement:

    “The Johnson-Buck bill is an innovative and thoughtful conservative approach to immigration to fit the needs of local economies. Giving state officials a greater say in how best to meet their local workforce needs through a flexible and fair guest worker program will help fill labor gaps in local economies and improve border security by providing additional avenues for businesses to legally hire temporary workers.”


    https://www.fwd.us/blog/state-sponso...ch-immigration

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