President Trump reportedly plans to sign an executive order today, in line with his electoral promise. The Order “Buy American and Hire American,” aims to reiterate his administration’s promise to support domestic products and bring jobs back to the U.S. The order would be two fold.
The “Buy American” provision of the order will reinforce a stricter adherence to laws that require the federal government to purchase American-made products whenever possible.The “Hire American” part targets government guest-worker programs, particularly the H-1B visa program. This is in tune with his continued crackdown on H1B programs.
White House officials have been targeting the H-1B visa for “high-skilled” foreigners in the science and engineering industries as the priority for reform, but said a comprehensive review could lead to changes in other guest worker programs, including visas Trump’s own company uses for foreign workers at his hotels, golf courses and vineyard. The Executive order might not come into effect right away, but would require the agencies to perform administrative reviews immediately and propose reforms to ensure that the H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled and highest paid workers, officials said.
Ever since his entry into White House, Trump has been focusing on his “America First” ideology and had promised to “end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program.”