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Trade Group for Koch, GM Asks Trump for More Foreign Workers

A trade association that includes General Motors and the Koch Industries is asking President Donald Trump to cancel his popular June 22 decision to narrow and reform the nation’s visa worker programs.

“We urge you to lift the restrictions in the June 22 proclamation and to work with Congress to identify ways to ensure these visa programs continue,” said the June 6 letter, signed by Jay Timmons, a former GOP staffer who heads the National Association of Manufacturers.

The letter is a challenge to the grassroots groups of U.S. professionals and immigration reformers whose letters, emails, tweets, and activists helped persuade Trump to sign his unprecedented and popular June 22 revamp of many visa programs. The visa programs keep at least 1.3 million foreign graduates in U.S. jobs, provide cover for a growing population of illegal college-trained migrants, and shift wealth from wage earners to stock investors.

Timmons wants Trump to restart the annual inflow of 100,000 H-1B workers and to halt the regulatory reform of the H-1B program that keeps 600,000 foreign workers in the United States. The Trump reform is intended to force companies to pay higher wages when they try to import foreign workers for jobs needed by U.S. graduates.

Trump’s curbs are making it difficult for companies to import foreigners to manage U.S. workforces, Timmons said in the letter:

The restrictions are already having serious consequences for manufacturers and the economy;

Plant managers at facilities across multiple sectors, including automotive and heavy machinery, will not be able to access their workplaces to ramp up new production and establish new production lines.

Electrical utility manufacturers will not be able to bring on the high-skilled employees needed for engineering and production for critical infrastructure resiliency:

Pharmaceutical and chemical sector research and development that was set to take place in the United States may shift overseas so that specially trained managers and PhDs can begin critical work, and

Multinational companies’ plans to developer senior leaders … are on hold for an indeterminate amount of time.

“That’s absurd,” responded Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “There are 20 million unemployed. They’re not all factory managers, but among those 20 million people, there will be a wide variety of talents and experiences, and they need to look,” he said.

“If I were at the White House, I’d say, ‘Give me names, write out specifically what the [excluded] person is going to do,’” he said. “In other words, I’d call their bluff,” he added.

“If this is all they can come up with, the effects of the visa bans [on U.S. companies] aren’t likely to be all that bad,” he said.

Trump’s June 22 policy is unprecedented, but it does not include all visa programs. For example, there is minimal oversight over the use of B-1/B-2 visas to import many illegal workers for short-term contracts. Similarly, there is little oversight of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program that allows roughly 500,000 foreign graduates of U.S. colleges to fill Fortune 500 subcontractor jobs.

U.S. graduates need to help Trump preserve and push the reforms, said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers:

We know that Trump is under immense pressure to make all kinds of exceptions that would water his [June 22] Executive Order down to meaninglessness.

The next step is up to the productive class. We need to be bombarding the White House with ‘Thank You’ cards, with Tweets, with emails, for what he has done because this is a first. This is the first time we have gained ground from offshoring and outsourcing.

For the first time since the 1970s, immigration policy is being crafted to help Americans, not immigrants. We need to be thanking Trump, to build up his resolve against the Koch [brothers] wing of the White House and all of the corporations.

Legislators “do pay attention to constituents,” said Krikorian. “Twenty letters to the editors of local newspapers and 50 phone calls are like an earthquake sometimes,” he said.

Two upstart challengers have recently won primaries against candidates favored by Trump and by the establishment GOP. For example, Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman lost his seat after he voted for cheap-labor immigration programs.

NAM’s letters come as hundreds of thousands of young American engineering and business graduates are searching for jobs and as many additional U.S. professionals are looking for jobs after being replaced by Indian and Chinese visa workers.

The NAM’s leadership includes top officials from Caterpillar, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, General Motors, Microsoft, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer.

The group also includes a wide variety of lower-tech companies, such as meatpackers, bakers, doormakers, brewers, and shipbuilders. Many of these companies are subcontractors to major brands.

The group also includes many foreign companies, such as Samsung, Honda, and Mahindra.

The NAM group has also posted its preferred immigration policy, which would flood the labor markets and drive down wages and salaries. The policy, dubbed “A Way Forward,” would:

Offer an amnesty for at least i1 million illegals.

Expand the Optional Practical Training program.

Double the inflow of H-1B visa workers to at least 170,000 per year:

Allow more college-trained visa worker to become citizens and stay in the United States.

Allow H-2A food workers and H-2B laborers to work for longer periods in the United States.

The group plan also calls for a new catch-all, visa worker program so that employers can more easily sideline Americans workers:

Create a new visa category to address temporary economic needs in the U.S. so that other skilled needs can be addressed … A formal legal structure for foreign-born employees who want to fill available jobs not covered by the current system would reduce the incentive to enter illegally and/or falsify records to obtain employment.

This huge influx of cheap workers would also provide a boon to retailers, auto sellers, landlords, and real estate investors. The diverse inflow would also boost the government agencies that provide taxpayer-funded education and welfare, as well as the progressive activists who advocate for the redistribution of wealth and status in an increasingly fractured, diverse society.

The business group’s pitch for cheap labor is wrapped in the progressive claim that America is a land for migrants, not for Americans and their children. “America is indeed a nation of immigrants,” said the employer’s group, as it argued that immigration policy must serve employers, not employees:

Unfortunately, while the current employment-based visa categories focus heavily on professional skills and those with extraordinary abilities, they do not represent the full spectrum of employment needs. Moreover, current visa categories do not allow employers to hire lesser-skilled foreign-born employees for in-demand jobs. This is another example of how the current immigration system fails to meet employer needs.

“What [CEOs] want to do is ratchet wages so low that they are comparable to wages in India,” Lynn said.

The NAM did not respond to questions from Breitbart News.

Follow Neil Munro on Twitter @NeilMunroDC, or email the author at NMunro@Breitbart.com.

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Joe Biden Warns ‘Students of Color’ Will Suffer if Schools Remain Closed

Joe Biden told members of the National Education Association’s (NEA) representative assembly that the longer schools remain closed due to the coronavirus, the more low-income “students of color” will suffer learning losses.

However, that message may not have been what many teachers would have liked to hear since it has been teachers’ union leaders and their members who have condemned President Donald Trump’s call for reopening schools.

PBS provided video of Biden during the virtual convention, who could be seen seated in a chair, wearing a mask, which he removed when NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia introduced him:

Biden said he saw the coronavirus “challenge” coming early on and was calling on President Donald Trump to address it in “late January,” but that, in his view, Trump “failed to take any action” that would get “educators and students back in the classroom.”

Like most Democrats, however, Biden said the way to open up schools again was with even more federal funding.

Trump and Republicans, he said, did not offer coronavirus aid to state and local governments to ensure “educators’ salaries don’t get cut and educators don’t get fired.”

However, many of the states seeking more federal funding are led by Democrats, and Republican senators urged Trump to reject a “blank check” bailout to states and local governments that already were having significant financial problems due to overspending prior to the pandemic.

“We’re not interested in borrowing money from future generations to send down to states to help them with bad decisions they made in the past unrelated to the coronavirus epidemic,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the end of April.

In response to a question by a Michigan paraprofessional who complained that Trump was “disregarding the advice of health experts and pushing for the immediate opening of schools,” Biden nevertheless responded by directing the questioner to his own plan for reopening of child care and schools.

“The longer schools are closed and classes are remote, the more students, especially low-income students and students of color, fall behind,” he said.

Like Trump, Biden insisted schools must reopen, but said he would deliver funding to fulfill every Democrat education wish to accomplish that goal.

A month after American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten told her members to “scream bloody murder” if schools reopen without the approval of medical experts, she told the USA Today editorial board she still did not agree with the president’s view that schools should reopen as soon as possible.

Weingarten threatened if there is a second wave of coronavirus infections during the summer, “all bets are off” for reopening schools.

The union leader added the distance learning taking place since schools shut down “is something that we all know has not been good for kids.”

On Friday, however, Biden admitted remote learning would likely still be part of the reopening plan for schools.

Like Biden, Weingarten said schools will need more funding to open “safely and responsibly.”

“It’s going to cost more money than we’re spending now,” she said.

On Thursday, Marketplace reported teachers are fighting against school reopening plans, with some asking how they can trust all the safety precautions will be in place in time for school to start.

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Trump Should Tweet Less, Make Joe Biden Own ‘Mayhem,’ Rioting,’ ‘Lawlessness’

President Donald Trump’s reelection strategy should bind Joe Biden to recent lawlessness — including riots and the destruction and vandalism of statues and monuments — said Charles Hurt, Washington Times opinion editor, Breitbart News columnist, and author of Still Winning: Why America Went All In on Donald Trump- And Why We Must Do It Again. He offered his remarks on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Marlow asked what message Trump should be emphasizing as 2020’s election nears.

“I’ve never said this before,” replied Hurt. “I’ve never believed that Trump should dial it back or stop tweeting, or anything like that. I think he should blow up the world by — quote-unquote — ‘acting presidential.’ I think now is finally the time with all the mayhem going on — all of the rioting, the tearing down of statues, the lawlessness — all this stuff which is Joe Biden’s America.”

Hurt praised a recent Trump campaign message linking social unrest to Joe Biden:

Hurt said, “That line [Trump] uses about Joe Biden’s America is spectacular. That’s the message he needs to drive. I’ve never said he needs to stop tweeting or needs to stop getting into fights or anything like that, but now he needs to set it aside. We have a pandemic. We have an economic collapse. Everything has gotten very serious, and now is the time he needs to focus on being very serious about everything.”

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“I loved the Tulsa rally,” added Hurt. “He can do things like that, but now people need an alternative to lunacy, and he doesn’t help when he tweets the stupid thing about the guy jawing back at the protesters going, ‘White power!’ It doesn’t matter that the guy was joking or was just sort of being a jackass. What matters is the president retweeted it and that becomes the message. When people see that message, they think that he’s contributing to the mayhem. He’s not, and the only way the mayhem stops is by him getting reelected.”

Trump’s trivial tweeting diminishes the messaging of the reelection campaign on matters of importance to Americans, maintained Hurt.

“In this environment, people in the middle who are not committed to one side or other are sitting there thinking, ‘I just want this stuff to stop,’ and when Trump retweets something stupid like that, it goes into their heads that it’s not going to stop [and] that he’s not going to stop it. Let Biden be Biden, and sow all of the discord and uncertainty. Trump needs to focus on the economy, the pandemic, and enforcing equal justice under law because that’s the only way out of the mess that we’re in.”

The “holy grail” of Trump’s reelection bid is enforcement of the rule of law, Hurt concluded.

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The Deep State’s People Get Away with Political Crimes

In a series of tweets today, Sen.Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) described the depth of the “Deep State” as so great that its members “get away with political crimes.” In one tweet, Grassley referred to recent remarks by Attorney General Bill Barr asserting that President Donald Trump was indeed the target of an “organized effort” to remove him from office.

Grassley fears U.S .Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia hoax may avoid making a final determination or bringing prosecutions, so as not to influence the upcoming election.

Grassley was referring to comments Attorney General Bill Barr made in an interview aired yesterday on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo: 

Maria Bartiromo: A source said to me a couple of years ago, speaking of the Russia collusion story, that this was the closest the United States ever came to a coup to take down a president since the assassination of Lincoln. Is that an appropriate statement?

Barr: In this sense I think it is the closest we have come to an organized effort to push a president out of office, but I’m not reaching a judgment as to what the motivations there were.

Subsequently, Grassley wrote that “the deep state is so deep” that its members get away with political crimes.

In prepared floor remarks released last week, Grassley questioned whether Obama and Biden deliberately took steps in the final hours of their administration to undermine the incoming administration. “It sure looks like they did,” he concluded.

Grassley then noted how the incoming Trump administration was unaware of the fact that Obama, Biden, Comey, and Strzok were busy setting the stage for what would become a multi-year struggle against the baseless/unfounded/groundless/unsubstantiated notion that the Trump administration colluded with the Russian government.

“So much for a peaceful transition of power,” he remarked.

Follow Joshua Klein on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.

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Maine Poll Shows Biden Leading Trump, GOP Senator Collins Race Close

A poll released on Monday by left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump by 11 points, 53 percent to 42 percent, in Maine.

Notably, that same poll shows the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, Sara Gideon with just a four-point lead over incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), 46 percent to 42 percent. Taking Collins’s Maine Senate seat out of the Republican column and putting it into the Democratic column is considered one of the lynchpins of the Democratic Party’s 2020 election efforts to retake the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats supported Gideon by a 79 percent to 13 percent margin. Republicans supported Collins by a 76 percent to eight percent margin. Independents were evenly split, with 44 percent backing each candidate.

Women supported Gideon by a 49 percent to 39 percent margin. Men supported Collins by a 46 percent to 43 percent margin.

PPP has a reputation of framing the questions in polls and organizing the respondent samples to advance a narrative supporting a progressive political agenda. Given that reputation, the fact that Gideon is running 11 points behind Biden and Collins is running four points ahead of Trump in the PPP poll released on Monday suggests that Gideon will have a much tougher time unseating Collins than Democratic Party officials had hoped.

The only other poll of the Maine 2020 Senate race match up in the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls was conducted by Colby College in February. That poll gave Gideon a one-point lead over Collins, which was within that poll’s 3.2 percent margin of error.

First elected to the Senate in 1996, Collins was reelected in 2014 by a margin of 37 percentage points.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in Maine by a margin of three points, 48 percent to 45 percent, but took only three of the state’s four electoral college votes. Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that do not award all of their electoral college votes to the overall popular vote winner in the state.

Maine awards two electoral college votes to the statewide popular vote winner of the presidential contest, one electoral college vote to the winner of the popular vote in the state’s First Congressional District and one electoral college vote to the winner of the popular vote in the state’s Second Congressional District. Due to its small population, Maine only has two congressional districts.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Maine’s First Congressional District in 2016 by 14 percentage points and received that district’s one electoral college vote, giving her three of the state’s four electoral college votes. Donald Trump won the popular vote in Maine’s Second Congressional District that year by ten percentage points and received that district’s one electoral college vote, giving him one of the state’s four electoral college votes.

PPP is the only firm in the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls that has polled the presidential matchup in Maine over the past year. The poll results released on Monday are virtually the same as two earlier PPP polls. One conducted in March 2020 gave Biden a ten-point lead over Trump, another conducted in October 2019 gave Biden a 12-point lead over Trump.

The questions in the poll released on Monday are consistent with PPP’s reputation for using polling as a way to establish a political narrative for the progressive agenda.

Among those questions and responses were the following:

When asked, “Do you think Donald Trump should have been impeached and removed from office, or not?” 51 percent of respondents said yes, while 44 percent said no.

Eighty-four percent of Democrats said yes, while 11 percent said no. Ten percent of Republicans said yes, while 88 percent said no. Among independents, 50 percent said yes while 42 percent said no.

The poll also asked a question framed negatively around Collins but included no such question about Gideon.

When asked, “Do you think Susan Collins is more an independent voice for Maine or a partisan voice for Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell?” 46 percent of respondents said she was a partisan voice for Trump and McConnell, while 42 percent said she was an independent voice for Maine.

The survey of 1,022 registered voters in Maine was conducted between July 2 and July 3 and has a 3.1 percent margin of error. Thirty-eight percent of poll respondents self-identified as Republican, 30 percent as Democrats, and 28 percent as independents.

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Trump Looking to End Obama’s DACA Program for Illegal Aliens, Again

President Trump is reviewing a plan to end former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens for the second time.

Last month, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled against the Trump administration on its efforts to end DACA, claiming the way White House attorneys went about ending the program was not constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberals on the court.

Sources close to The Hill say Trump is now looking to end DACA once again.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday that the president is “going to look at a number of issues as it relates to immigration” in reference to pending executive orders, but did not expand on any specific plans.

Insiders have said the SCOTUS ruling was a blow to the administration, but it successfully killed off plans for a DACA amnesty fomenting among GOP and Democrat lawmakers.

In September 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the DACA program. Almost immediately, lower courts intervened, alleging that ending the executive amnesty was illegal.

While close to 800,000 illegal aliens are enrolled in DACA, there are now about 250,000 anchor babies who are the children of DACA illegal aliens.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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Virginia Gun Sales Surge 157 Percent in June 2020

Virginia gun sales surged 157 percent during the month of June as Virginians reacted to coronavirus uncertainties, protests and riots, and the steady growth of gun control under Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) Democrat-led state government.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that there were 81,204 firearm transactions in Virginia during June 2020, a 157 increase over the number of transactions in June 2019.

The 81,000-plus transactions in June also set the all-time record for more transactions in a single month, since Virginia State Police “began tracking [transaction] data in 1990.”

Moreover, there were “410,493 firearm transactions in Virginia” January 2020 through June 2020. That is only 74,000 shy the number of transactions conducted during the entirety of 2019.

The surge in sales began as a reaction to the gun controls pushed by Northam and the Democrat-controlled state legislature. On February 7, 2020, less than a month after thousands had rallied against gun control at Virginia’s Capitol, Breitbart News reported Virginia firearm background checks up nearly 100 percent.

The gun control fears were exasperated by the coronavirus shutdown and concerns that the shutdown would lead to economic collapse. In fact, when sales surged in March 2020 Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that “COVID-19 [was] contributing to record-breaking spike in Virginia gun sales.”

The fear of gun control and the anxiety over COVID-19 were finally compounded by tensions associated with protests and riots in the streets.

Joshua Jennings, owner of Martinville-area Guns, Gear & Ammo, said of the record-breaking June surge, “It’s a perfect storm.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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Fourth of July ‘Dark’ and ‘Confusing’

China’s state-run Global Times decided to phone-in its Fourth of July editorial by cut-and-pasting a few insults tossed at President Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore address by American media outlets. 

The Global Times really loved all those U.S. mainstream media editorials that called Trump’s speech “dark” and “divisive”:

US President Donald Trump delivered a widely criticized speech, in which he said the ongoing protests are a “left-wing cultural revolution” designed to “overthrow the American Revolution.” His remarks were criticized as a campaign speech aimed at consolidating his white supporters, and as giving deliberate offense to a group of Americans in order to please some voters. Critics accused Trump of not addressing all Americans and even failing to bridge the differences.

This year’s Independence Day celebration is indeed unusual. The superpower has become one of the most fragile countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its ability to control the pandemic and its adherence to humanitarianism have both fallen to the lower limits of human society. No matter how the US government explains the situation, it will seriously harm Americans’ sense of pride and the world’s respect toward the country.

The US is being hijacked by a radical political culture and has lost the calmness and stability of a superpower in formulating policies. The US no longer inspires other countries but coerces them in almost all aspects. Today’s US is consuming the precious resources it has accumulated over more than two centuries.

The whole editorial reads like the Chinese authors just scrolled through a list of all the media’s lies about President Trump’s speech, cobbled together a few of the most egregious false statements, tossed in some boilerplate about how America’s rambunctious democracy can never hope to compete with China’s super-efficient fascism, and called it a day.

Of course, the Global Times reserved its deepest distaste for the American “political elites” who are using “extreme nationalism” to “unite society and win over voters by escalating the confrontation against China.”

“Facing all these problems, the U.S. sees no way out,” the Global Times wishcasted. “It is muddling along. Very few US political elites are sincerely committed to solving these problems. Most are trying to gain more personal benefits from chaos.”

For the benefit of those wise enough to trust neither American cable news networks or Chinese state media to translate President Trump’s Independence Day speech, the White House has posted the full text online.

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Amy Cooper Charged After Calling Police on Black Bird Watcher

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report.

In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation for calling 911 to report she was being threatened by “an African-American man” when bird watcher Christian Cooper appeared to keep his distance as he recorded her rant on his phone.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor. She was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14.

After the backlash, Amy Cooper released an apology through a public relations service, saying she “reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions.”

“He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required,” she said in the written statement. “I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.”

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At Least 9 Shot Dead Sunday in Mayor de Blasio’s NYC

At least nine people were shot dead on Sunday during the Fourth of July weekend in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) New York City.

The New York Daily News (NYDN) reports “at least nine lives” were lost in Sunday shootings, while ABC7 reports “there were 30 shootings with 10 homicides on Sunday alone.”

The NYDN reports that the fatal shootings began in the earliest part of Sunday–“a little after midnight”—when 20-year-old Jose Cepeda “was blasted in the chest… in East New York, Brooklyn.” At least eight others were shot and killed and upwards of 40 wounded as Sunday unfolded in NYC.

The violence is far above what was witnessed after fireworks on July 4, 2019, when a total of nine people were shot, one fatally.

CBS Local reports that NYPD numbers show there were a total of 37 shootings for the whole weekend, and those shootings resulted in 56 victims, fatal and non-fatal wounded combined:

The NYDN reports that Police Benevolent Association commented on the surge in violence, saying, “Criminals with guns fear no consequences.” The Benevolent Association pointed to recent changes in policing around the city and suggested that Mayor de Blasio and “all electeds… owe their constituents an explanation.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.