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WATCH: Carlson Says Trump Immigration Ban Doesn’t Protect US Workers

Earlier this week, Donald Trump decided to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to suspend immigration for 60 days. The President said the ban was a necessary step in order to protect American jobs.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is normally in lock step with all of Trump’s pronouncements. During his Tuesday night show, however, the Fox News host took Trump’s plan to task for not really protecting jobs at all.

Carlson elaborated:

“The ban will apply only to individuals seeking permanent residency in this country — in other words, people who like the United States enough to stay permanently, and would like green cards to be able to do it legally. But the ban will not apply to those entering the United States on a temporary basis. That means it will not affect guest workers. That’s an awful lot of exceptions.”

But the host came to the conclusion that if companies want to hire low-priced foreign labor, they would still be able to do so. “Employers want to hire workers for less than Americans make,” Carlson said. “These visas let them do it. And now they’ll continue to do it, at a time when more than 22 million Americans have just filed for unemployment. You may have just lost your job, but you’ll be happy to know that Accenture can still import IT workers from Asia who will work for less than you once made. So if the point of this executive order was to protect American jobs, maybe there was another point, but if it was to protect American jobs, it failed.”

Watch the segment below, courtesy of Fox News:



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