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Trump signs directive on foreign tech hires

President Trump has moved towards his first major breakthrough in changing legislative policy by signing an executive order which targets highly-skilled workers in the United States.

"The buy and hire American order, I'm about to sign, will help protect workers and students like those of you in the audience today", said Trump to the employees at Snap-on.

Moreover, the EO says "in order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from overseas".

The "buy American, hire American" directive does not make any immediate changes to the H-1B system, however, but commissions the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the way H-1B visas are granted. "They voted to bring back their jobs, and to bring back their dreams into our country", Trump said.

"The more attention the new president pays to world stage including North Korea and Syria, the less chance there is of a reflated America".

Much like some prior orders, however, Trump's executive action Tuesday essentially looks for detailed reports rather than making decisive changes. "No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", Trump said. It has eight manufacturing sites in North America and employs about 11,000 people worldwide. Senior administration officials say that the order will also strengthen rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal government projects.

Additionally, it asked them to propose new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas.

"Currently, companies routinely abuse the H-1B visa programme by replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers", it said.
"Employers want aliens with H-1B visas not only because they can pay them less than USA technicians, but especially because the H-1B visas lock them into sticking with the sponsoring employer and prevent them from job-hopping for better pay as Americans do" she observed in 2001.

The trip to Wisconsin marked Trump's first visit to Speaker Paul Ryan's home state and district since taking office. Many Trump-branded products, such as clothing, are made overseas.

While he has long pledged to support American goods and workers, Trump's own business record is mixed.

On Monday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services had said that employers who sought visas for 2018 submitted only 199,000 applications this year, compared to last year's 236,000 applications. His businesses have also hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Florida, club.

"Right now, H1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong".

"The effect would end up being exactly the opposite of what Trump wants", he said.

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