Trump signs order that may discourage global student applicants
- Author: Todd Kelly Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 0:43
Trump signed an executive order during the Wisconsin stop created to help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants.
President Trump has used the visa program to hire foreign workers at this properties for many years.
The Reuters report came in the same week that the White House released its "Buy American and Hire American" initiative aimed launching a review of trade deals and immigration policies negotiated by his predecessors that the President claims unfairly disadvantage American corporate competitiveness and hurt US worker wages. As reported by Annalyn Kurtz for Fortune, a senior administration official said the goal is to eventually move away from the existing random lottery system to one that favours higher-skilled, higher-paid workers, like those with master's degrees.
First, the order targets the H-1B Visa program, which allows American companies to bring in foreign workers with highly specialized knowledge. Over half-a-dozen pieces of legislation have been introduced (and reintroduced) since January 2017 to curb alleged misuse of the H-1B visa regime from both Democrats and Republicans, including one that has called for higher minimum wage of $1,30,000, almost double from the current levels. The catch to Trump's much touted "buy American, hire American" effort, however, it that it will not prevent President Trump from continuing to hire cheap labor for his own properties.
Trump said Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that".
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. Just two months ago, he applied for an H-2B visa for "foreign national services" at his golf club outside New York City.
About 6 percent of the visas now go to the Labor Department's top skill level, while 8 in 10 workers using the visa are paid less than the median wage for their fields, the White House said in a fact sheet distributed to reporters. Critics of the programme have said these organisations get crowded out by outsourcing companies that are mostly from India.
The official added, 'these companies will apply for a large number of applications every year by putting additional tickets in lottery raffle. Disney and Edison have said that they paid foreign contractors comparably with local staffers. The order also asks agencies to assess the use of waivers.
"If it turns out America is a net loser because of those free-trade agreement waivers, which apply to nearly 60 countries, these waivers may be promptly renegotiated or revoked", the second official said.