Trump's executive order calls for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop its "abuse" and ensure that the visas are given to the "most-skilled or highest paid" petitioners. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers.
US President Donald Trump said in a speech in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday that all trade deals which undermine Buy American laws will be investigated, Sputnik reported.
A senior Trump administration official says the order calls for "the strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the United States of labor from overseas".
Trump asked U.S. secretary of state, attorney general, secretary of labour and secretary of homeland security "to suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries".
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said H-1B visas should be given based on the economic need of the country at a particular time. It gives another 20,000 visas to graduate student workers.
The White House said the program is now undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.
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He adds: "As the Remain coalition tends to vote more frequently than any other, a low poll could advantage the Liberal Democrats". The announcement marked a U-turn for May, who had repeatedly said she would not seek an early vote.
"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that's wrong". "The reality of it is that employers are not required to recruit and try to hire USA workers before they hire an H-1B worker". Critics also say the lottery system works in the favor of the large firms that submit a large number of applications.
Trump said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States. The official says this violates "the principle of the program".
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump wanted to visit "a company that builds American-made tools with American workers". More than 15 per cent of Facebook's U.S. employees in 2016 used a temporary work visa, according to a Reuters analysis of usa labour department filings.
"It's possible it may have a bully pulpit effect, but it's also possible that businesses might see this (executive order) as window dressing", said Spriggs, a Howard University economics professor who served as assistant secretary for policy in the Labor Department under President Barack Obama. During the campaign Trump defended his use of foreign workers, saying it's hard to find Americans willing to accept seasonal employment.
"We're basically saying to these agencies, 'Tell us everything you think you can do, ' " a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity as a matter of policy, told reporters ahead of Trump's signing.
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