New 'Buy American, Hire American' Order May Do Little for Small Businesses
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in Kenosha, Wisconsin, initiating visa and government purchase reforms.
President Trump signed an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday to direct federal agencies to "Buy American, Hire American".
"Today's executive actions on Buy American laws are a big step in the right direction, and I'm glad President Trump included some of my ideas I sent over during his first week in office", Murphy said in a statement. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the 'most-skilled or highest-paid applicants'. The administration has said large American technology companies have been using the program to hire large numbers of foreign workers, lowering wages for Americans.
Instead of a lottery, Trump wants to prioritize "the most skilled and highest paid applicants".
Silicon Valley loves the H-1B visa system because it helps depress wages and allows rich corps to bring in obedient talent from overseas.
However, one fact remains that none of these measures will actually protect the American workers unless they are applicable to all companies because Indian companies are the only ones covered by numerous legislation - contemplated as well as existing, and account for only 20 percent of the visas. Applications for the H-1B visas decreased for the first time in five years according to CNN Money, though the total number of visas that will be distributed, 85,000, is fixed.
An analysis released by AP on Tuesday showed computer science hires - who make up three-quarters of the H-1B recipients receive about 9% less, on average, than U.S. workers with similar positions.
"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades".
Specifically, the review will take into account whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by allowing foreign companies to undercut American companies in the global government procurement market.
"We're basically saying to these agencies, 'Tell us everything you think you can do, ' " a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity as a matter of policy, told reporters ahead of Trump's signing.
Whether you're for or against the new executive order, there isn't much that is likely to change in the short term.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said that while the announcement reflected the administration's desire to move towards reforms to the H-1B programme, there would be no immediate changes or impact on H-1B visas.
"He spent his life in private business, and he understands the private sector better than anyone, and now he's leveraging that knowledge and experience to go to work on behalf of the American people", one official said.
Trump said the order would "aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job".