The House-approved Build Back Better bill includes immigration expansions minimally covered by the establishment media. Millions of migrants will be allowed legal status.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the establishment media coverage is minimal over the law that would legalize 6.5 million illegals while adding “millions” of migrant workers, consumers, and voters to American society.
In a statement from FWD.us, a pro-investor advocacy group founded by Mark Zuckerberg, the “immigration provisions in the Build Back Better (BBB) Act would be the most historic immigration reforms in more than thirty years.”
The group inserted provisions in the bill that allow millions of foreign consumers and perhaps one million foreign graduates in U.S jobs to buy green cards above the annual caps. “These measures would provide long-overdue relief to [contract-worker] families trapped in the backlogs, and … making the U.S. an even more attractive destination for highly skilled [job-seeking] people from around the world,” said FWD.us statement, which is now pushing the Senate to pass the visa giveaway quickly.
Other groups repeat the “historic” description.
Niskanen Center, an FWD.us-backed pro-business group, says “these provisions would be largest update to our immigration system in 30 years,” as Breitbart News reported.
The bill will allow “millions” of extra migrants to gain legal status in the United States.
The established media has given minimal coverage of the green-card-for-cash provision, even though Senate Democrats are fast-tracking the expansion past the 50 GOP Senators and Senate parliamentarian with the establishment’s reporter’s knowledge.
Surprisingly, the minimal coverage comes as the reporters are among the economic class most threatened by the cash-for-green-cards rule – white-collar professionals wanting to get their children into good universities.
The fast-tracking process helps investors; by sidelining an outspoken generation of graduates, by simply importing an endless supply of clever, subordinate foreigners who will work for less, comply, and be an indentured employees to get the life-changing green card.
The Associated Press November 19 coverage of the legislation failed to mention the green card expansion.
The Washington Post’s November 19 article did not mention the green card expansion.
The leading New York Times’ November 19 article on the House approval of the BBB bill suggested there were no migration provisions:
Democrats must also ensure that the entire plan adheres to the strict rules that govern the reconciliation process and force the removal of any provision that does not have a direct fiscal effect. Those rules have already forced the party to abandon a plan to provide a path to citizenship in the bill for undocumented immigrants.
Another New York Times article, titled “Everything in the House Democrats’ Budget Bill,” includes this number-less passage: “Allows individuals to pay a fee to access green cards faster; makes unused family – and employment-based visas from past years available for use, among other changes”
Bloomberg included a mention of the green-cards-for-cash rule but provided no estimate of the scale:
The bill would … allow some foreigners to fast-track applications to adjust to legal permanent resident status and sidestep some numerical limits on visas, including per-country caps that have left hundreds of thousands of Indians in limbo.
However, one of Bloomberg’s reporters tweeted:
The legal immigration measures, meanwhile, are MAJOR. Would salvage unused green cards going back decades & allow people to fast-track status adjustments & skip per-country caps that have left hundreds of thousands of Indian nationals (& others) in limbo
The increased immigration numbers are being downplayed by most of the bill’s supporters.
In her press release, Indian-born Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) hid the migration expansion in the ninth bullet as “humane immigration reform.”
The American Immigration Council, a spin-off of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, also downplayed the change:
The immigration provisions included in the House’s budget reconciliation package could transform the lives of millions of immigrants and families across the country …. The House bill also includes critical improvements to our immigration system to help individuals and employers who have been stuck in limbo for far too long finally obtain the security of permanent status in the United States.
The president of the North American’s Building Trades Union (NABTU), Sean McGarvey, praised the bill failing to mention the impact U.S. constructions would face due to the extra migration:
This historic investment will take unprecedented steps forward by creating middle-class jobs in the renewable energy sector, increasing labor protections and penalties for low road contractors, and offering working families more access to pre-apprenticeship programs, affordable childcare, early childhood education programs elder care.
The labor migration is very unpopular; it negatively affects career opportunities for Americans, cuts their wages, and increases rents. Migration suppresses Americans’ productivity while widening wealth gaps.
Many pollsters have indicated labor migration opposition and the inflow of temporary contract workers into jobs that young U.S. graduates seek for many years. Those opposing are multiracial, cross-sex, non-racist, class-based, and bipartisan, all while recognizing the solidarity that Americans owe to each other.