Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

The Trump administration says it is time for tougher enforcement of rules governing the hiring of certain foreign workers in the United States, and to review laws requiring USA government agencies to use American-made products.

Two senior Trump service officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the "buy American and hire American" order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts.

The hire-American part of the order would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse.

The new order directs US agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program.

"This is what America wants", said a second official.

The officials said the commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in enforcing the existing rules and provide recommendations to the president. "If it turns out America is a net loser because of those free trade agreement waivers, which apply to nearly 60 countries, these waivers may be properly renegotiated". And it includes language requiring transportation projects to use steel "melted and poured" in the United States.

Trump said Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that".

"Those are two very specific policy positions that have always been advocated by many groups that represent workers in our country in particular by many labor unions and labor groups in our country", one senior administration official said. The United States offers 85,000 H-1B visas every year, most of which are snapped up by Indian outsourcers whose employees fill a skill gap in U.S. engineering. On the contrary, technology companies argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers.

Tech companies contend the programme is used to recruit top talent, but some of the H-1B visas are also used for outsourcing firms, which critics say undercut unemployed Americans and fill lower-level information technology jobs. Tech workers losing their jobs sometimes have sometimes been required to train their foreign replacements to qualify for severance packages.

The H-1B visas are most sought after work visas by the Indian IT professionals which permits them to work in the US. But he added, "It's not as aggressive as it needs to be".

The number of applicants for H-1B visas tumbled to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016, agreeing on US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The US grants H-1B visas to foreign nationals in "speciality" occupations.

"One should not mistake PR for policy", Bruce Morrison, a former Democratic member of Congress turned lobbyist for IT workers, told Wired. Dick Durbin and Iowa Republican Sen.

President-elect Donald Trump held up Green Bay Packers jersey, December 13, given to him by House Speaker Paul Ryan at a rally in West Allis, Wis. Trump headed to Ryan's congressional district in Wisconsin today amid low approval ratings and in the wake of his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the federal health care law.

Trump has traveled to promote his agenda less than his recent predecessors.

The signing of this order, Trump told the Kenosha, Wisconsin crowd, will "defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first".

Trump will sign the order in Wisconsin, a state he won last November with an appeal to blue-collar workers and a promise to revive manufacturing jobs, reports USA Today. It has 10 manufacturing sites in the US and says its total employment worldwide is 12,100. "It will be a pain point to many companies, but some employers will benefit from this".

Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.

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