Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans

Geneva Matthews
April 25, 2017

In a bid to stop the misuse of H-1B visa, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order saying they should never be used to replace American workers and be must be given to the most accomplished and highest paid candidates. The president alluded numerous times during his remarks to Ryan, as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus - a Kenosha native - and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an early Trump supporter during last year's campaign. Dubbed "Buy American, Hire American", the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.

A new executive order was signed by Trump on Tuesday during his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

President Donald Trump is ramping up his "buy American, hire American" initiative with a new set of executive orders.

"The result has been countless jobs and countless contracts that have been lost to cheap, subsidized and low-quality foreign goods", he added.

An analysis released by AP on Tuesday showed computer science hires - who make up three-quarters of the H-1B recipients receive about 9% less, on average, than USA workers with similar positions. "Workers are often brought in well below market rates to replace American workers", the official said.

The order directs USA agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program. The agencies also would propose changes so that the visas are only given to "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants", an administration official told the AP.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said the 85,000 cap for H1-B visas was reached within five days of the application period being opened.

The officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal grant-funded transportation projects.

While many workers applaud the move, the president's critics are crying hypocrisy, calling out the president's use of immigrant workers at his properties and manufacturing Trump-branded goods in China.

The senior official said the end result of how the system now works is that foreign workers are often brought in at less pay to replace American workers, "violating the principle of the program".

No matter, he's right on the overall thrust of this executive order.

United States authorities will also conduct site visits to check on employers who hire H-1B visa holders over Americans.

"We should vigorously enforce our immigration laws to make sure companies pay the correct wage, but not harm innovation in the process".

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