Trump set to sign 'buy American, hire American' order

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Officials also said government procurement portions of existing trade agreements would be reviewed to see whether USA companies get the same chance to sell products to the governments of US trading partners that foreign firms get in Washington. "We're going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put American first".

The order targets the H1-B visa program, which allows USA companies to employ graduate level workers in specialty occupations like IT, engineering, mathematics and science.

Tuesday's executive order stopped short of Trump's campaign call and made no specific recommendations on how to change the program.

As he nears the 100-day benchmark of his presidency, Trump still has no major legislative achievements.

It was unclear whether the latest such order would yield immediate results. The government procurement section did.

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 Republican senator Joni Ernst of Iowa reportedly told a town hall meeting: "I do wish he would spend more time in Washington DC".

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"As the process goes forward we believe that a more thoughtful and a more logical approach is desirable, keeping in view the impact on American businesses", Chandrashekhar said. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group reports that there are 125,000 job openings a year.

While it is unclear exactly what shape reforms of the H-1B program may take, in a background briefing before the president signed the order, an unnamed senior administration official indicated that it could be modified to favor workers with advanced degrees. Find us on Facebook too! IT staff are brought in, typically from India, paid lower wages than other staff, and "encouraged" to work long hours because they know that if they displease their masters and their company withdraws their visa, they will have to leave the country quickly. The officials said that not only the foreign workers displace American workers, but also undercut wages.

"The idea that Donald Trump is dramatically turning his back on his "America first" policy as well as his comment that the dollar is "too strong" are hurting the United States currency", Lawler said.

Tech companies have been bracing for Trump to make changes to the H-1B programme.

The tech industry is particularly sensitive to the visa program.

Lottery funds more than 65,000 H1-B applications each year with another 20,000 handed out to graduate student workers.

Trump complained that today's H-1B visa system is a mess, with visas being awarded at random in a lottery. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants", said administration officials who spoke only on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.