A majority of House Republicans voted for the measure, which fully funds Obama’s refugee resettlement operation, all Mideast immigration programs, Sanctuary Cities, Obama’s continued executive amnesty for DREAMers, and the resettlement of illegal aliens within the U.S. interior.
In perhaps a display of loyalty to Ryan, three-fifths of the Republican conference supported his legislation, and even gave him a standing ovation following the bill’s passage.
In passing this legislation, the House has approved funding for the issuance of nearly three hundred thousand visas to migrants from Muslim countries in the next year alone.
Ryan’s bill accomplishes this migrant surge by fully funding every U.S. immigration program currently in existence, as well as funding the President’s expansion of the refugee program through Syrian migrant resettlement.
The most recent available data published by the Department of Homeland Security shows that in 2013, around 118,000 migrants from Muslim-majority countries were permanently resettled within the United States on green cards, as well as approximately 40,000 refugees and asylees from Muslim countries. Additionally, according to data from the State Department, in 2013 the U.S. voluntarily admitted approximately 123,000 temporary migrants from Muslim countries as foreign students and foreign workers.
On top of those autopilot admissions, which will be funded throughout all of 2016, the House is also funding the President’s plan to add another 10,000 refugees from the Muslim country of Syria. As a result, Ryan’s House-passed omnibus will bring in nearly 300,000 Muslim migrants in the next 12 months alone, including roughly 170,000 who will be permanently resettled within the country. In a December 3rd letter to administration officials, Sens.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
explained that the permeant resettlement of 170,000 Muslim migrants will be on top of the already huge inflow of temporary Muslim migrants:
Congress is days away from consideration of an omnibus year-end funding bill that would set the U.S. on an autopilot path to approve green cards, asylee, and refugee status to approximately 170,000 migrants from Muslim countries during the next fiscal year. In addition to that would tens of thousands of temporary visas for entry and employment, and the entire sum is added to the rest of the annual autopilot green card, asylee, refugee, and foreign worker flow.
This means that next year, the U.S. will admit more than two Muslim migrants for every one Iowa Republican primary voter.
Reports have documented how the admission of large flows of Sharia-sympathetic Muslim migrants has posed several assimilation challenges for the nation. For instance, Equality Now issued a report detailing how Muslim migration has put half a million U.S. girls at risk of suffering Female Genital Mutilation.
Similarly, Aayan Hirsi Ali has documented how honor violence and honor killings have become prevalent throughout the nation. Hirsi Ali has explained how the number of honor violence victims is only “likely to rise in the years to come” since “immigration trends over the last ten years, show a significant increase in the number of people moving to the United States from countries with high-honor violence rates—notably Somalia… as well as Iraq.” Moreover, a September 2015 Congressional report found that Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the country, also has the largest number of radicalized individuals who have attempted to take up arms and join ISIS in the fight against the West.
Yet many members of Congress do not seem aware of these reports. For instance, in an October interview with Congressman
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
, Breitbart News asked Jordan if he thought visa issuances to Muslim countries should be reduced, citing the fact that in his home state of Ohio, which has a large Somali population, more than 20,000 girls are at risk of having their sexual organs cut from their bodies.
Jordan’s response was, “In Ohio? Wow.” Jordan could not say whether he would support curbs to Muslim immigration declaring, ” I’d have to look at that closer. I have not looked at that particular.”
Yet in addition to funding visas for nearly 300,000 Muslim migrants, Ryan’s omnibus bill also funds the expansion of the H-2B guest-worker visa, which according to immigration attorney Ian Smith will disproportionately “hurt America’s most vulnerable workers” such as black workers, single women, the elderly, and first-generation immigrants. This provision– tucked 700 pages into the bill– resuscitates and expands a controversial provision of
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
’s Gang of Eight immigration plan to increase guest-workers.
The expansion of the H-2B program seems to confirm previous Breitbart News reporting, which observed that a Ryan Speakership would mean the desires of 9 in 10 Republican voters to reduce future immigration growth would be trumped by donor class’ desire to increase immigration.
As Breitbart News wrote prior to Ryan’s election as House Speaker:
House conservatives would have as much, if not more, to fear from Ryan as Pelosi in terms of striking a deal to advance amnesty and immigration-expansions on the House floor… Conservative lawmakers will be blocked from any attempt to advance legislative campaigns to curb immigration or to coordinate any public messaging designed to give voice to the concerns of working class Americans whose schoolhouses, jobsites and emergency rooms have been transformed by massive immigration.
However, on Thursday morning
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)
, a member of Ryan’s leadership team, sent out a WHIP alert to Congressional legislative staff, touting Bob Goodlatte’s visa expansion program.
Goodlatte, who serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been a long time supporter of importing more foreign workers into Virginia.
Scalise– in praising Goodlatte’s proposal which Mark Levin has said will hurt black Americans filling blue-collar jobs– said that quadrupling H-2B visas will help employers suffering from so-called “worker shortage”.
However, the data contradicts Scalise’s claim.
As Sen. Sessions has highlighted, the Economic Policy Institute has documented how, “wages were stagnant or declining for workers in all of the top 15 H-2B occupations between 2004 and 2014,” and “unemployment rates increased in all but one of the top 15 H-2B occupations between 2004 and 2014, and all 15 occupations averaged very high unemployment rates… Flat and declining wages coupled with such high unemployment rates over such a long period of time suggest a loose labor market—an over-supply of workers rather than an under-supply.”
In his sales pitch to the Republican Conference, Scalise failed to mention that the U.S. hasadmitted an unprecedented 59 million immigrants since 1965, which has transformed the nation demographically, socially and economically.
This influx was the result of a Ted Kennedy-backed bill, which lifted Calvin Collidge’s immigration caps and opened up American immigration visas to the entire world. In the four decades following the enactment Coolidge’s immigration caps, there was no immigration growth at all in the United States, indeed U.S. foreign-born population underwent four decades of decline.
However, just three days before Steve Scalise was born, the Kennedy-backed bill was signed into law, resulting in an explosion of America’s foreign-born population from 9.6 million in 1965 to 42.4 million today. Census data shows that every three years, as a result of Kennedy’s immigration rewrite, the U.S. adds another immigrant population the size of Los Angeles.
When Scalise was born fewer than 1 in 20, U.S. residents were foreign-born. Today, that figure is rapidly nearing 1 in 7, and will rise to never before seen highs in coming decades if a pause or reduction to visa issuances is not enacted. Yet Scalise apparently believes that the unprecedented pace of foreign worker arrivals is not high enough.
Perhaps the greatest political irony surrounding the House’s passage of the Omnibus may be that Paul Ryan was able to get away with what
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
never could– namely, the decision of the House Freedom Caucus to support Paul Ryan has enabled the donor class to lock in President Obama’s immigration policies for his final year in office in a way that would otherwise never have been possible.
As Talking Points Memo reports:
The rabble-rousing conservatives who were such a problem for former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are giving new House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) the benefit of the doubt on the year-end funding package…Some of the House’s most conservative members credit Ryan’s honeymoon period or their desire to skip town for the holidays for smoothing the path for them not to stand in the way of a deal… Under Boehner, 11th hour budget negotiations all but guaranteed intra-party fireworks in the GOP conference… But this time, members are giving Ryan a break, at least in part in hopes of making a dash for the holiday exit.
Talking Points notes that many of the most vocal critics of John Boehner seemed eager to Ryan. For instance,
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
told Talking Points that Ryan “passed the test in terms of process and openness. He passed with flying colors.”