Trump signs order on high-skilled worker visas

Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It would also give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses and give "the best and brightest" foreign students studying in the US priority in getting H-1B visas. Programs like the H-1B visa should never be used to replace Americans, according to Trump.

The move comes after Trump, as a candidate, paraded laid-off IT workers onstage and called for the end of the H-1B visa program.

Trump blasted "widespread abuse" of the visas for skilled foreign workers before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to find ways of reorienting the program.

According to a Fed report, D-FW had the second highest number of H-1B visas received in the 2014 fiscal year among USA metro areas.

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The moves show Trump once again using his power to issue executive orders to try to fulfill promises he made a year ago in his election campaign, in this case to reform USA immigration policies and encourage purchases of American products. Trump wants to tighten some of the rules in the program to "prevent fraud or abuse".

However, it may not be the case that workers across the tech industry more broadly are harmed by foreign workers coming into the US on H-1B visas.

The order looks to reinforce Trump's campaign rhetoric by protecting certain American-made goods. The commerce secretary is to review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.

With the order, Trump is formally calling for the secretary of commerce and the USA trade representative to assess "the impacts of all US free trade agreements" as part of the new plan. The waivers could be renegotiated or revoked if they are not benefiting the United States. As he nears the 100-day benchmark of his presidency, Trump has no major legislative achievements to tout but has used executive orders to seek regulatory changes to help the USA economy.

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The minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said: "Despite campaign promises that President Trump would fight for the American worker, reality hasn't matched his rhetoric". ".If you change that current system that awards visas randomly without regard for skill or wage to a skills-based awarding, it makes it extremely hard to use the visa to replace or undercut American workers because you're not bringing in workers at beneath the market wage". Kudlow was an economics adviser to the Trump campaign who helped to make tax cuts a central campaign promise. His businesses have also hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Florida, club. "Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants".

At one debate, he called for fully ending the programme, saying: "It's very bad for our workers and it's unfair for our workers".

It's unclear what specific policy changes the government would implement, but the Washington Post reports that it could include "raising the visa application fees, adjusting the wage scale to more accurately reflect prevailing salaries in the tech industry, and more vigorously enforcing violations", along with favoring foreigners with master's degrees. The executive order will aim to support stated Trump priorities of "buy American, hire American". They then send those workers back to their own countries to work remotely, and fire the US workers who trained them. Adding to the indignity: The U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.

Trump complained that today's H-1B visa system is a mess, with visas being awarded at random in a lottery.

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