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21 April 2017, 11:21 | Leonard Manning
Trump's new visa policy part of his racist ideology
The president's latest executive order is another effort by the Trump administration to curb immigration to the U.S. While today's order doesn't change policy, it continues to lift up the misguided narrative that immigration hurts U.S. workers.
Trump signed an executive order billed as "Hire American, Buy American" on Tuesday afternoon at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on (SNA) in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "Everyone in my administration will be expected to enforce every last Buy American provision on behalf of the American worker, and we are going to investigate every single trade deal that undermines these provisions", he said. After the agency review, Congress may need to act, though, to ensure that "Buy American, Hire American" actually means something. "The H-1B program was created to fill gaps in America's workforce with highly-skilled foreign workers, but as we've seen in recent years, the program has been abused and exploited at the expense of American workers and most- qualified foreign workers", he said.
Instead, the executive order will look for administrative changes, including an overhaul of the lottery system used to determine which companies can sponsor the visas, one official said.
"It is clear that some companies have entirely built their business models around the H-1B visa programme which was not at all the intent". For example, replacing the H-1B lottery with a more merit-based system could advance the programme's goals of attracting people with advanced STEM skills.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading United States science and tech policy think tank, hoped that the goal of Trump's executive order on the H-1B programme is "mend it, don't end it". But according to studies, 80 per cent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.
In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts US workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.
H-1B visas are granted for three years at a time to foreign workers that have specialized knowledge in fields where there are a shortage of American workers, typically in science, information technology and engineering. Sadly, this will come at a great cost to our local economy where foreign-born Tennesseans play a critical role in filling the skilled-employment gap, driving economic growth, and creating jobs for USA born workers. "It would be extremely detrimental to our industry if things like the H-1B visas were taken away".
U.S. president signs order tightening rules on companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers. The H-1B visa program is widely used by technology companies but critics contend it's being abused at the expense of American labor.
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