Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” Order
Washington: US President Donald Trump signed the executive order on Tuesday at around 3:30 PM that would crack down on the H1B visa abuses to allow only highly skilled foreign workers pass through the program.
“We believe jobs should be offered to American workers first,” Trump said before signing the order. “We are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and finally put America first.”
Right now, widespread abuse in the immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by the workers brought in from other countries to fill in the same job for sometimes less pay, Trump said.
Speaking to the Snap-on company workers at Kenosha, Wisconsin, he said that American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses, and today their calls have been answered for the first time.
Trump said that H1B visa reform is a long overdue. The program right now issues visas based on the lottery system and Trump said that the system was wrong and needs correction. Instead, he said the visas should be issued to highest-paid applicants, and never be used to replace an American worker.
Trump’s message was clear. He wanted the jobs to be given first to American workers, as he promised during the elections. Even as his 100-day presidency is nearing, there is not much for him to show as his accomplishments. Multiple judges have challenged his initial efforts toward travel ban. His approval rating has come down recently and people have grown suspicious of him.
It was important for him to re-establish trust in people especially from the states like Wisconsin. Standing amid the workers he said the historic action declares the policy of the Government to aggressively promote and use American goods and hire American workers to produce the goods.
Trump emphasized that federal departments should buy American products when they fund projects. He expressed concern that over the period, excessive waivers and reckless exemptions have gutted the American standards. The results have been, he said, countless jobs and contracts that were lost to cheap subsidized and low quality foreign goods.