Trump Signs 'Buy American, Hire American' Executive Orders

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to tighten requirements that federal agencies "Buy American" today, but it's a concept that Donald Trump regularly ignored as a businessman. Trump will also instruct the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that H-1B visas are not used to undercut USA workers and wages. "And it directs the federal government to fully enforce federal guidelines prioritizing the use of American firms and goods in federal projects".

He announced that the government is about to take "bold, new steps" to follow through on his pledge to "Buy American and Hire American". India's National Association of Software and Services even told the Times that the H-1B visa program only exists because the United States is constantly short on high-skilled IT talent.

A day after Trump's move, Neha said the order will mostly impact students who pass out from poorly ranked engineering colleges.

The 220-day review proceedings will attempt to move the current H-1B programme towards a more merit-based system, steering it away from the random lottery under which it now operates. For example, replacing the H-1B lottery with a more merit-based system could advance the programme's goals of attracting people with advanced STEM skills.

He campaigned past year on promises to overhaul US trade and regulatory policy, but his executive orders on those issues reflect the administration bowing somewhat to the limits of presidential power.

"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded at a totally random lottery". But according to studies, 80 per cent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading U.S. science and tech policy think tank, hoped that the goal of Trump's executive order on the H-1B programme is "mend it, don't end it".

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts US workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.

Indian workers receive more than 70% of all H-1B visas, which are initially valid for three years. "Why shouldn't we put American companies first?"

In reiterating that-from a policy standpoint-the beneficiaries of USA visas are eligible to receive specific benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the EO specifically requests enforcement of section 212 (a)(5) of the INA.

Senator Chuck Grassley, an author of legislation to reform the H-1B and L-1 skilled work visa programs, said it is time to take action against the abuse of H-1B visa system.

The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements.

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