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Trump tightens skilled-worker visa rules to encourage hiring Americans

Trump tightens skilled-worker visa rules to encourage hiring Americans

United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to overhaul the current H1-B visa system, to end the purported visa "misuse" by many employers who replace American workers with lower-paid foreigners.

Speaking ahead of signing the order at the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc., Trump claimed that no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days on military, on the border, on trade, on regulation, on law enforcement and on government reform, than his.

The administration has said large American technology companies have been using the program to hire large numbers of foreign workers, lowering wages for Americans.

In the upcoming executive order, Trump is expected to have the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that issues the H-1B visa, to further review their conditions for awarding.

The order also asks several leaders in the Trump administration to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program.

Meanwhile, Trump's visit to Kenosha brought hundreds of protestors, who gathered outside of Snap-on to demand that he releases his tax returns and criticised some of his policies, including a plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Trump's executive order also declares that American projects should be made with American goods.

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"With this action, we're sending a powerful signal to the world and we're going to protect our jobs and finally put America first", said Trump.

It targets the H-1B visa program.

. However, Turnbull said that more restrictions will be imposed to ensure that workers are brought from outside only to fill the skill gap in order to create more job opportunities for the Australian citizens.

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.

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The United States grants 85,000 H-1B temporary visas to high-skilled foreigners every year - 65,000 hired from overseas and 20,000 from those enrolled in USA colleges. Firing American workers and paying their replacements less is bad both for workers domestic and foreign. That program allows employers to go outside the US workforce to find workers with "highly specialized knowledge".

While construction industry associations are typically in favor of anything that will boost American manufacturing, they are also sensitive to how these types of rules affect their member companies, who might see their bottom lines shrink under such restrictive "Buy American" sourcing policies.

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