Here's What Trump's 'Buy American, Hire American' Order Means
President Donald Trump signed an executive order, titled "Buy American, Hire American", on Tuesday, calling for a reform of the H-1B temporary specialty work visa program.
The order will call on those four federal departments to propose reforms to ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest paid applicant.
"Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries", Trump said. "This will stop", Trump told an enthusiastic audience in Wisconsin before signing the order.
Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a research group sponsored by several tech companies, predicted in January that a crackdown on H-1B visas would be counterproductive.
"The H-1B program plays an important role in addressing this need, but it can be improved".
Under the current system, a company who is sponsoring a potential employee or current employee's H-1B petition may fill out a form to expedite the processing of that petition.
"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.
President Donald Trump, however, has the same problem as president as he did as a candidate when it comes to putting that rhetoric into action.
Critics of the visa program say it allows employers to hire foreign employees at cheaper wages, undercutting American workers. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the 'most-skilled or highest-paid applicants'.
In contrast, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's latest move puts profits over people, arguing that the president seems to do what the CEOs want, not what the workers want.
How are the visas allocated? "The lottery will go on as usual". The US government has already received more than 200,000 applications this year.
Not only this, but applications for H-1B visa fell for the first in five years.
The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients who use them to outsource tech work.
The American companies include Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Qualcomm.
Thousands of Silicon Valley startups.
The technology industry relies heavily on the H-1B visa program to bring in engineering talent from overseas, and executives say they simply can not hire enough American workers to fill jobs at their companies.