US President Orders Changes to H1-B Visa Program

In the document, known to the White House as the "Buy American and Hire American" order, Trump also seeks changes in government procurement that would boost purchases of American products in federal contracts, particularly in the U.S. steel industry.

Trump signed the order called "Buy American, Hire American" during his Tuesday visit at an American company in the state of Wisconsin.

"We are finally standing up for our workers and for our companies", Trump said on Tuesday adding that the order "declares that American projects should be made with American goods".

As he nears the 100-day benchmark of his presidency, Trump has no major legislative achievements to tout but has used executive orders to seek regulatory changes to help the US economy. "T$3 oo many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged", the agency said in a statement.

"Is it hypocritical at all for you to talk about this" asked Tapper in a 2015 interview where he confronted Trump on the issue of his clothing being made outside the U.S.

Trump won Wisconsin; so was his visit some kind of reward to manufacturers in the dairy state?

"Today's Executive Order also calls for ending the allocation of H-1B visas by lottery and suggesting reforms so those visas are allocated to the most-skilled or highest-paid foreign workers".

In the document, known to the White House as the "Buy American and Hire American" order, Trump also seeks changes in government procurement that would boost purchases of American products in federal contracts, with one aim being to help US steelmakers. This type of partnership can be replicated across the country, and the President's Buy American and Hire American Executive Order puts us on that path. "Again, this is principally for research jobs and product launches that are really essential for helping to grow the industry and more jobs for Americans".

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Instead of a lottery, Trump wants to prioritize "the most skilled and highest paid applicants". Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would require companies seeking H-1B visas to first make a good-faith effort to hire Americans, something members of Congress have considered previously, with unimpressive results.

President Trump's promises were well-received by the crowd, including workers who said they hope the order will boost production.

"What the White House is calling it's "Buy American, Hire American" order, it would beef up some protections for specific products made in the US, while also initiating a review of the program for skilled immigrants, which the White House and plenty of other critics say has been abused by corporate America".

But a majority of the visas are awarded to outsourcing firms, sparking criticism by skeptics who say those firms use the visas to fill lower-level information technology jobs. Earlier this year our colleagues at the American City Business Journals broke down the companies that use the H-1B visa most in the city.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016.

The president revived campaign stump speech lines and called the North American Free Trade Agreement a "complete and total disaster" for the US, promising either big changes or totally scrapping the sweeping trade accord.

The tech industry says that companies have trouble filling positions with American workers and must turn to other countries through this program.

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