Trump follows Turnbull's visa changes with 'buy American and hire American' order

Trump follows Turnbull's visa changes with 'buy American and hire American' order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday directing federal agencies to implement the "Buy American, Hire American" rhetoric of his campaign.

Trump signed the order targeting the programme popular with Indian technology professionals at the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc yesterday.

"There are likely provisions in it to make sure H-1B visas are going to their intended goal and are not being abused by corporations to down cut American wages and cause layoffs and unemployment", Wolf said.

In light of the executive order, employers are maintaining that they want to hire American talent, but they're not finding people with the skillsets they need.

"On paper, the order doesn't change the process much", she says.

The 220-day review proceedings will attempt to move the current H-1B programme towards a more merit-based system, steering it away from the random lottery under which it now operates.

While other groups in Washington agree replacing the H-1B lottery with a more merit-based system would be beneficial. "We already know H-1B visa abuse hurts American workers".

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.

Indian nationals are the largest group of recipients of the H-1B visas issued each year.

At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., Trump signed an order that that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by US technology companies.

The administration's goal is to ensure such visas are given to the most qualified or highest-paid applicant, according to two senior officials. "The US likes to promote its inclusiveness but rarely does a good job of it".

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts USA workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages. "The intent is to short-term high-skill kinds of visas, which is exactly how we use".

The H-1B visa program has its place - helping companies around the country, but particularly in Silicon Valley, fill jobs for which the supply of American workers is thin.

There's an annual quota of 85,000 new H-1B visas (with 20,000 reserved for master's degree holders). The order also specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules in free-trade agreements.

Last year, Disney was accused of taking advantage of the H-1B visa scheme to lay off American technology workers, who were forced to train their foreign replacements.


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