Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Donald Trump: 'Buy American, Hire American,' unless your name is Trump

Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday, promising to protect USA workers by overhauling the H-1B visa program that is used mainly by Indian engineers and developers.

Changes outlined in the "Buy American, Hire American" order include a revamp of the H-1B skilled-worker lottery program.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the executive order "will make significant progress towards Buy American and Hire American, the cornerstone of Trump's vision for a government that answers to the American workers who built this country".

While the White House has said the H-1B visa program undercuts American workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers, driving down wages, the tech industry argued that the H-1B program was needed because it encouraged students to stay in the USA after getting degrees in high-tech specialties.

The new order would direct USA agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program.

It's unclear how the program may change, but India's huge tech industry says America still has a shortage of skilled workers that the H-1B system was created to ease.

The trip to Wisconsin marked Trump's first visit to Speaker Paul Ryan's home state and district since taking office.

Cordio said training domestic workers will require additional investment from companies.

Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems and shop equipment for use in agriculture, the military and aviation. For example, a 2013 report found that the USA would likely create 120,000 jobs requiring a Bachelor's Degree in computer science each year, but only 51,000 computer science degrees were being produced annually.

In the whole immigration debate, H-1B visa issue is very small, he said. Many Trump-branded products, such as clothing, are made overseas.

Trump said at one point during the presidential campaign that he supported high-skilled visas, then said he opposed the program. His businesses have also hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Florida, club. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the U.S. has a shortage of skilled technology workers.

The number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016, according U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vilified companies that looked to hire foreign workers.

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