Trump order targets foreign workers

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Read: Trump to sign "Buy American, Hire American" executive orders.

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 USA technology companies. This could spell doom for IT companies as majority have offices there.

Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc (SNA.N), a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Officials from the Department of Justice warned in April that they will "not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against USA workers".

Bruce Morrison, who helped create the H-1B program and is now a lobbyist for tech-worker advocacy group IEEE-USA, said that the drop in applications reflects a shift in strategy rather than a true change in demand for the visas. Ironically enough, the man who has continuously railed against other companies for taking jobs away from US citizens has had many of his own products made overseas. The commerce secretary is to review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president within 220 days.

The government has "utterly failed" to protect the interests of the Indian youth seeking job opportunities in the United States and Australia after the two countries tightened rules for work visas. For example, a 2013 report found that the US would likely create 120,000 jobs requiring a Bachelor's Degree in computer science each year, but only 51,000 computer science degrees were being produced annually. "And we should end it". "Everyone in my administration will be expected to enforce every last Buy American provision on behalf of the American worker, and we are going to investigate every single trade deal that undermines these provisions", he said.

Not clear. Harden, anticipating a possible crackdown on how contracts are awarded, is telling clients to make doubly sure that they are complying with Buy American requirements.

Trump spoke of his use of H-2B visas back in March of 2016 during a presidential debate saying, "It's very, very hard to get people".

India has a message for President Trump: Curbing visas for skilled workers won't solve America's problems.

The US president can not, by a simple decree, change the number of visas allocated.

Along with the US, Singapore and Australia have also been looking for ways to curb their work visa programs, which would mean that the Indian IT companies are in the midst of uncertainty.

This month USCIS received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions and as a result, the federal agency had to resort to a computerised draw of lots to decide the fate of successful applicant. The EO focuses on prevention of fraud and abuse to protect the interests of USA workers affected by the administration of the immigration system.

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