“The plain language of TPA provides avenues for the administration and its trading partners to facilitate the expanded movement of foreign workers into the U.S. — including visitor visas that are used as worker visas,” said the Sessions alert.
The bases of that charge is a phrase in TPP calling it a “living agreement.” Sessions and others contacted by Secrets said that means that they can be changed after Congress approves them, and also that countries can be added in the future, including China.
“It leaves it open for a president to change it without congressional approval,” warned Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. “Congress should not surrender its authority to write immigration laws to either the executive branch, to trade negotiators, and definitely not to international trade tribunals,” she added.
“It’s really troubling,” said Kevin L. Kearns of the U.S. Business and Industry Council. He called it “another power grab” that will let Obama and his administration make changes to supposedly air-tight trade deals with executive actions.