Additionally, it asked them to propose new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas.
Mr Trump’s decree namely instructs the Labour, Justice and Homeland Security departments to tackle abuses and draw up reforms aimed at bringing the program back to its original intent: awarding visas to the most skilled and highly paid applicants. His entourage was filled with others who share such “love”, including Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker, who threatened to dispatch the national guard to crush mass worker protests in 2011, former Goldman Sachs executive and now Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is committed to destroying public education.
A Trump administration official briefed reporters in advance about the reforms, stating outsourcing firms like Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and Mphasis Corp. will likely have fewer visas approved after the administration’s changes are adopted. None responded to requests for comment.
Trump’s stop at the world headquarters of Snap-on Inc. would come as the president faces an approval rating of just 41 percent in Wisconsin, a state he barely won in November.
“President Trump already missed a chance to deliver on his promise of bold action to put American workers first”, he said.
Trump stunned the world on November 8 previous year by defeating his heavily favored Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election, sending the United States on a new and uncertain path. Trump-branded products are also made overseas. With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law stalled in Congress, Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to change policy.
State experts who have reviewed the order say it’s messaging more than impact and doesn’t change anything immediately.
San Francisco, Calif., immigration attorney Martin Lawler also stated his support for expanding the H-1B visa program. The government procurement section did.
Although these visas, known as H-1B, aren’t supposed to displace American workers, critics say the program mostly benefits consulting firms that let tech companies save money by contracting out their jobs to foreign workers. For example, replacing the H-1B lottery with a more merit- based system could advance the program’s goals of attracting people with advanced STEM skills. “For too long we’ve watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to faraway lands”. Trump reversed himself on both positions in interviews last week.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California and Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren of California were not immediately available to comment. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers. But Trump says companies exploit the system to the disadvantage of American workers. “Currently, companies routinely abuse the H-1B visa program by replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers”, the statement reads. It would also give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses and give “the best and brightest” foreign students studying in the US priority in getting H-1B visas.
President Trump has set the wheels in motion for H-1B visa reform.
Despite Mr Trump’s previous claim that the country is “raping” America, his company’s eyeglasses are made in China.
His order, however, does not mention the H-2B visa, which allows USA employers to temporarily hire foreign, non-agricultural workers for seasonal employment. Facebook did not respond to requests for comment. “The visa lottery system makes this problem worse by rewarding visas randomly, instead of prioritising foreign workers with greater experience, skill, and qualifications”, he added.
The US president can not, by simple decree, change the number of visas allocated.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Washington in February to be open minded on admitting skilled Indian workers.
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