President Trump Signs New Executive Order: "Buy American and Hire American"


Administration officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects.

Though the executive order would make no changes to the visa program, how it works is likely to be tweaked in the near future.

Technology executives, who have generally been critical of Trump's policies, were tentatively positive about the White House's efforts to change how work visas are doled out to foreign workers. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will review how to close loopholes in the current rules and report back to Trump, especially on waivers to the buy-American rules in the nation's trade deals.

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A new executive order was signed by Trump on Tuesday during his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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.

According to a few USA reports, a larger part of the H-1B visas each year is gotten by Indian IT experts.

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Atkinson said President Trump realized the danger in getting rid of the H-1B program entirely and is making the right improvements.

While the order will not immediately translate into a visible drop in the number of H-1B visas issued, it will require the Departments of State, Labor, Justice and Homeland Security to make revisions in their regulations to protect American workers. "Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest paid applicants and they should never ever be used to replace Americans", said the United States president in Wisconsin. But critics of the program said it's a trick by companies to hire cheap, foreign workers instead of hiring Americans to do the job. "Like all the other executive orders, it's just words - he's calling for new studies". Adding to the indignity: The U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.

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In the past, the president has criticized the program, arguing that employers take advantage of it by deliberately choosing lower-paid foreigners over higher-paid American workers. Well, maybe you can start with your own damn businesses... In all, about 85,000 of the visas are awarded each year; in recent years, there have been several times that many applicants. But believes starting with the younger generation, focusing on educating children in science and engineering, could be another solution to the hire American problem.