Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order targeting foreign material sourcing
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 0:55
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 workers receive more than 70% of all H-1B visas, which are initially valid for three years.
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.
He signed an executive order that restricts the use of a program tapped by us companies to bring in foreign technology workers, the H-1B visa program, and calls for a review of federal agencies' requirements to buy American-made products. Some players in the tech sector have for long complained that most of the 85,000 visas that are awarded every year go to outsourcing companies which end up hiring tech workers that are relatively lower-skilled. Senior administration officials say that the order will also strengthen rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal government projects. The commerce secretary is to review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president within 220 days. Trump visited Kenosha toolmaker Snap-on Inc., which is in House Speaker Paul Ryan's district and is the hometown of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Trump's own record as a businessman is mixed on these issues.
The Trump administration said that if the waivers are not benefiting the U.S. they will be "renegotiated or revoked". About 70 dairy producers in both US states are affected.
The Trump administration has so far only called for a review of the H-1B program without proposing any concrete changes.
Asked if he supports Baldwin's bill, Trump responded: "I do. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest paid applicants and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans". Many Trump products are produced overseas, and he has hired foreign workers at his properties including at Mar-a-Lago, his club in Palm Beach, Fla., which has become his frequent base of operations on weekends.
Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems and shop equipment for use in agriculture, the military and aviation.