Here's What Trump's 'Buy American, Hire American' Order Means

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], April 19: United States President Donald Trump has directed federal agencies to review a visa program used by companies to hire high-skilled foreign workers in the country.

The Labor Department said it will investigate H-1B program violators, revise a part of the visa application process to enhance its transparency and continue to work with stakeholders to further protect American workers, possibly with legislative changes. "This will stop. American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses, and today their calls are being answered for the first time".

Kreutzer said the H-1B visa program has proved useful to businesses looking to fill critical vacancies.

Senior officials gave few details on implementation of the order but Trump aides have expressed concern that most H1B visas are awarded for lower-paid jobs at outsourcing firms, many based in India, which they say takes work away from Americans.

It will call on the departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to crack down on what the official called "fraud and abuse" in U.S. immigration to protect USA workers, and propose reforms to ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest paid applicant. "It's America first, you better believe it". The order will increase restrictions on the waivers that public agencies use to buy goods from overseas, require agency chiefs to sign off on any exemptions to domestic sourcing requirements and mandate that transportation projects use steel that has been "melted and poured" in the U.S.

Trump speaks before signing order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program.

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Trump asked U.S. secretary of state, attorney general, secretary of labour and secretary of homeland security "to suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries".

The secretary of commerce is tasked by the order with looking to streamline existing rules on federal construction projects.

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. The president was greeted by Gov. Scott Walker outside Snap-on's headquarters. It had been duty free but Canada changed course after milk producers there complained.

About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers.

But they are confident that greater "engagement" with the Trump administration will help soften their stance towards H-1B visas.

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