Trump signs executive order targeting specialty work visas: 5 things to know

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

But it's not as straightforward as it sounds.

The order is an attempt by Trump to carry out his "America First" campaign pledges to reform United States immigration policies and encourage the purchase of American products.

"With this action we are sending a powerful signal to the world", Mr Trump told those gathered.

The order is more administrative in nature than a clear policy change.

Donald Trump announced a new executive order directing government agencies to "buy American and hire American", but immediately faced accusations of hypocrisy for failing to do so himself. Take his pledge to crack down on H-1B visas. They said the executive order calls on those four departments to see to it that H-1B visas are rewarded to the most skilled or highest-paid applicants. "And "Hire American' generally refers to the body of law and policy concerning how our immigration, visa and guest worker programs are operated to ensure proper protections for American workers".

United States is the not the only country to have tightened its visa rules.

Trump Jr. made the comment during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said before the conversation that President Trump is taking steps to fulfill his promise of bringing jobs back to America.

The officials also said that 80 percent of the H1-B visa petitioners who enter the USA under the current visa programme are paid less than the median wage workers in their field.

The order also targets NAFTA.

There are dissenting voices from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who claim Trump was too late in his decision to sign off an executive order with this year's batch of visas handed out. He railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement as "a complete and total disaster" and complained that the U.S. had lost 70,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization. "It's been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers, and we're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all". Many go to technology companies, which argue that the USA has a shortage of skilled technology workers.

Trump wants federal construction projects to use American-made products, but doesn't know how to make it happen yet.


The executive order calls for a 220-day review period by agency heads to figure out where they can make the changes necessary to comply, so there will be no change to existing rules for several months.

It also says President Trump's agency heads will watch how those "buy American laws" already in place are enforced and come up with ideas to improve them.

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