Trump order targets foreign workers

Trump order targets foreign workers

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 USA technology companies. The applications were down a bit from past year, which can be read as a sign that outsourcing firms - the biggest users of the H-1B program - are anxious about a Trump crackdown.

Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc (SNA.N), a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

It also directs a separate review of government purchasing requirements, which, along with tightening the requirements for foreign workers, is a move by Trump to carry out his "America First" election campaign pledge. "There are are other factors like business fundamentals, American companies need the services in order to go digital, adopt technology to remain competitive", he said.

"The more attention the new president pays to world stage including North Korea and Syria, the less chance there is of a reflated America". The Chamber of Commerce added that it would be a "mistake to close the door on high-skilled workers" who can contribute to the growth and expansion of American businesses and make the US more competitive around the world.

As he nears the 100-day benchmark of his presidency, Trump still has no major legislative achievements.

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. Perhaps most significantly, the executive orders will demand that all publically financed infrastructure and construction projects use US-made steel in their projects. "They voted to bring back their jobs, and to bring back their dreams into our country", Trump said.

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"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", he said. Big technology companies have long supported efforts to change the H- 1B process - by increasing application fees or giving priority to applicants with advanced degrees.

The Trump administration's crackdown on worker visas has some crying foul over the president's own use of the program in the past. Department of Homeland Security officials said they will require that programmers applying for these visas provide evidence the work they're doing is highly specialized and complex.

Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, thinks the Indian firms will have to pay more - and hire more US citizens - if they want to keep their American clients.

Hundreds of companies issue H-1B visas.

The H-1B visa system has been criticised following high-profile examples of American workers being replaced by lower-paid foreigners through the program. But those workers are hired using the H-2B visa for temporary non-agricultural workers.