Trump signs order to curb hiring abuses

Patrice Gainsbourg
Abril 19, 2017

Dubbed "Buy American and Hire American", the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.

Trump clinched victory in the state that hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1984 in part by turning counties like Kenosha County - which happens to be home to his chief of staff Reince Priebus - his way. "Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that's wrong", he added. There's a real demand among American companies for skilled workers like the ones Snap-On Tools employs. Chuck Grassley, would require companies seeking H-1B visas to first make a good-faith effort to hire Americans, a requirement many companies can dodge under the current system; give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses; and give "the best and brightest" foreign students studying in the USA priority in getting H-1B visas.

Administration officials said that the order seeks to strengthen requirements that US-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects. Henceforth, officials will review waivers in free-trade agreements to check if it is leading to unfair trade.

"Our civil rights organizations condemn the Trump administration for trying to pit US workers against immigrant workers and creating economic and immigration policies premised on the false idea that a USA -born American worker's financial struggles are the result of immigrant worker's opportunities". The visit also would take him to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who won't be joining the president because he's on a bipartisan congressional trip visiting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

Tuesday's executive order stopped short of Trump's campaign call and made no specific recommendations on how to change the program.

And while he has long pledged to support American goods and workers, his own business record is mixed.

Last week, Kudlow urged impatience investors to give Trump more time to fully enact his strategies to reform healthcare, spark economic growth and redesign the tax system. And his businesses have hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago.

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"I've introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Durbin to address these problems, and I've expressed to President Trump the need to take action to restore the integrity in the H-1B Program".

A Trump administration official says the way the system now works, foreign workers are able to come to the United States and replace American workers because the foreign workers accept lower wages than Americans. "And we should end it".

"As for hiring American, a CNN review found that the president as a corporate head has hired more than 1300 foreign guest workers to work at his various businesses here in the US, including requesting 78 visas to staff his two Florida properties for this year", Tapper added. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients who use them to outsource tech work. Trump also promised to either replace or modify the current lottery-based selection process for H-1B visas. The U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.

"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.

Trump carried Wisconsin in November by almost 23,000 votes - less than 1 percentage point - making him the first Republican to win the state since 1984. He campaigned on the promise of returning manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Upper Midwest states.

Founded in Wisconsin in 1920, Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in a variety of industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation.

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