President Trump to sign executive order targeting foreign work visas

Administration Issues Executive Order Providing Framework for its Domestic Buying and Hiring Preferences for Federal Procurement and Federally-Funded Projects

Trump made it clear that this order declares that American projects should be made with American goods. The order signed by Mr Trump yesterday targets the H-1B visa programme.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the executive order "will make significant progress towards 'Buy American and Hire American, ' the cornerstone of Trump's vision for a government that answers to the American workers who built this country".

The order directs USA agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the programme.

Restricting H-1B visas or prioritizing American businesses also doesn't replace jobs lost due to the collapse of manufacturing or mining industries.

Asserting that the proposed changes were forward-looking and non-specific, it said the campaign to discredit the IT sector was driven by persistent myths that H-1B visa holders were "cheap labour" and "displace American workers" who train their replacements, none of which is accurate. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants", said Administration officials who spoke only on condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.

The Trump administration says that more of the jobs performed by those people could and should be filled by Americans. Set by Congress. Changing the way visas are allocated...

Visa applications must be sponsored by employers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it received 199,000 applications for the fiscal year that begins on October 1.

The most common B1/B1 temporary visitor's visas (business/tourism) issued to Filipinos a year ago numbered 99,967.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said H-1B visas should be given based on the economic need of the country at a particular time. In recent years, about 70 percent of the visas have been issued to citizens of India.

The leading American technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and Apple, employ thousands of H-1B workers.

In addition to addressing the visas issue, he ordered a government review of government procurement rules favoring American companies to see if they are actually benefiting, especially the US steel industry. "It's America first, you better believe it".

In addition, immigrants or their children have played key roles in founding many technology companies, including giants like Apple, Google and Intel and up-and-comers like WhatsApp and Airbnb.

The Indian outsourcers, which generally pay lower wages and operate in a different part of the technology ecosystem, say they are helping United States companies cut spending on certain basic services so they can keep employing higher-paid workers in other parts of their businesses.

Trump said Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that".

The first part entails fully monitoring, upholding and enforcing "buy American" laws. That would create more jobs in places like Ireland, India (which is now the biggest recipient of H-1B visas), China, and countries in South America, where there are growing IT workforces.

Silicon Valley companies often do not cast a wide net for American job candidates. Under several free-trade deals - including the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Government Procurement - contractors from 59 countries have the right to be treated the same as US companies when it comes to many federal contracts. Foreign workers can also be abused by the visa programs.

"Nothing is being proposed that would impact or change the FY 2018 H-1B lottery (system) that is underway".



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