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Conservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year

Conservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year
© Greg Nash

A group of GOP lawmakers led by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (Ariz.) is calling on the Trump administration to temporarily stop issuing any new guest-worker visas amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a letter sent to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE on Wednesday, the lawmakers praised the White House’s decision to limit the number of immigrants coming into the country during the health crisis, but argued more action needs to be taken to ensure Americans who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak have ample opportunities to find new employment. 

“We should not force Americans to compete with foreign nationals while jobs are scarce, and Americans should get priority consideration for employment when businesses are able to reopen," the letter said. "We urge you to suspend granting any new guest-worker visas for at least one year, and potentially longer depending on the strength of the economy." 

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In addition to Biggs, Reps. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Texas), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Overnight Defense: Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing l Air Force reveals it secretly built and flew new fighter jet l Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' MORE (R-Ala.), Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingDemocrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Iowa) also signed the letter. 

Guest-worker programs allow employers in the United States to hire foreign workers to fill positions where there is a labor shortage — often for seasonal positions. 

The programs allow individuals to come to the country and work for a period of time. The programs are often utilized for positions in the agricultural sector, but visas can also be used for high-skilled workers in different sectors. 

Trump signed an executive order last month to temporarily pause certain green cards from being issued for 60 days, in a move the administration said is aimed to preserve jobs during the health crisis. But the lawmakers note that temporary guest visas were not included in the order, arguing that the jobs should be retained for U.S. citizens who lost jobs due to the health crisis.