Tucker demands halt to 'demented' policy letting foreign workers take US jobs amid unemployment crisis

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As the coronavirus contagion ravages the U.S. economy and social distancing requirements force the closure of businesses and put millions out of work, the federal government is actively inviting foreign labor into the country to seek jobs, Tucker Carlson said Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

According to Carlson, the Department of Homeland Security released 20,000 H-2B visas Wednesday for seasonal workers to take landscaping, food processing and tourism jobs -- while another 15,000 "bonus visas" are scheduled to be released in May.

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"By law, the United States only has to offer 66,000 H-2B visas per year," the host said. "But [acting] Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has used his discretionary powers to add 35,000 extra visas.

"So that's a total of 100,000 workers coming to this country to take jobs during the single biggest unemployment crisis in a century," Carlson said. "It's demented."

Carlson noted that the St. Louis Fed recently estimated the unemployment rate could reach 32 percent and put more people out of work than in the worst year of the Great Depression.

"At some point coronavirus will be gone, but we could live with the crushing unemployment numbers for far longer and that's a disaster for people, individuals and families -- but it's also a threat to the stability of our country," Carlson said.

"Nothing makes a nation more volatile than the huge numbers of people who don't have jobs," he said, adding that without intervention, America could become a "has-been superpower beholden on China."

Carlson urged Trump to take immediate executive action to stop the release of the visas.

"If President Obama was able to ignore existing immigration law to create DACA, and he did, it's possible for our president to cut legal immigration to protect the nation," he continued, citing Section 1182(f) of Title VIII in the United States Code:

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"Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or any class of aliens in the United States would be detrimental to the interest in the United States he may make a proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary to suspend the entry of all aliens or class of aliens as immigrants were nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem appropriate."

Carlson added that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the validity of that section of law when it upheld Trump's "travel ban."