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Trump Has Hard Time With "Buy American, Hire American"

25 April, 2017, 04:19 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Changes outlined in the "Buy American, Hire American" order include a revamp of the H-1B skilled-worker lottery program. But the goal shouldn't be to reduce the inflow of skilled and needed foreigners; it should be to make sure that the USA admits as many workers as possible who genuinely meet that test.

"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 to fill the same job for sometimes less pay", the President said yesterday at a SnapOn Tools facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"We hope the goal of President Trump's executive order on the H-1B program is 'mend it, don't end it, '" said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology industry group.

A majority of them work in the tech sector, some for some firms, others for Indian outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys who provide services for huge swathes of corporate America.

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

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., urged Trump to skip further study and support her bill to rebuild US infrastructure with American iron and steel. USA government data shows that almost 127,000 were granted to Indian applicants past year. "It's encouraging to know that our elected officials at the highest levels of government recognize the importance of American manufacturing and American workers and have chosen Snap-on to highlight this vital focus", he said. Chris Murphy, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, sees eye to eye on with the president - the need to close loopholes in laws that requires government agencies to "buy American".

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 US technology companies. Trump-branded products are also made overseas.

"For a president who has prided himself on his swift action when it comes to immigration, an interagency review of the program is a guarded and timid approach".

The ban is also expected to levy a blow to the tech industry, as many foreign nationals immigrate on the H-1B visa. In all, about 85,000 of the visas are awarded each year; in recent years, there have been several times that many applicants.

During his campaign, Trump said he supported high-skilled visas but later came out against them.

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