Trump set to sign 'buy American, hire American' order

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 2017

"The Justice Department will not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against United States workers", said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division.

The order addresses the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and State Department to "take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse" within the USA immigration system in order to "protect workers".

Trump signed the order after he spoke before a crowd of technical students and manufacturing employees at the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company.

"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong", the president said during a speech in Wisconsin.

The executive order also tightens rules that allow companies to hire skilled foreign labor, which the White House argues undercuts American workers.

Throughout his election campaign, Trump pushed the "Buy American, hire American" maxim and prefers to move towards a merit-based visa system, which only encourages the most-talented workers from overseas to come.

Those in agreement with the current H-1B policies argue that the present system is very much needed to fill hiring gaps in industries vital to the US economy, especially when it comes to tech and manufacturing jobs.

Trump referred to a claim that information-technology outsourcing companies are abusing the system by hiring workers for lower wages. The program is used to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the United States.

"Today's executive actions on Buy American laws are a big step in the right direction, and I'm glad President Trump included some of my ideas I sent over during his first week in office", Murphy said in a statement.

The order also calls for reforms of the H-1B visa program, making it harder for tech companies to replace America workers with cheap foreign labor.

At over 15 percent, Facebook had the highest percentage of H-1B contractors of any US tech operating company. Chuck Grassley, would require companies seeking H-1B visas to first make a good-faith effort to hire Americans, a requirement many companies can dodge under the current system; give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses; and give "the best and brightest" foreign students studying in the USA priority in getting H-1B visas.

"From a Snap-on point of view, we think the seminal issue of our time is the upskilling of the American work force", he said.

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