Wadhwa: Trump's 'Hire American' policy must also protect foreign workers

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that will make it more hard for American companies to hire foreign workers, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

Trump's order also directs federal agencies to maximize the amount of American goods they buy and minimize the use of waivers to skirt existing "buy American" rules.

Trump and other critics of the program say it is abused by those Indian firms, who - they claim - flood the visa lottery with applications and then send workers to the US on salaries that undercut their American counterparts.

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They have targeted Indian IT companies such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro accusing them of "gaming the system" by cornering a large portion of the annual disbursement of H-1Bs with a large number of applications. None responded to requests for comment.

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.

"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure more p".

Then again, Trump could seek to cancel or limit the waivers that give some foreign bidders equal footing with American contractors. Trump-branded products are also made overseas.

But the New York Times noted that Trump's announcement came at a jittery time for the White House, as he faces the 100th day of his presidency without much to show for it in the way of legislative accomplishment, after the defeat of his health care overhaul.

Veteran steel industry analyst Michelle Applebaum said while it remains to be seen how thoroughly the Trump administration will police the steel industry, the executive order sends a clear message to steel importers.

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

An executive order by President Donald Trump created to restructure a visa program for highly skilled workers that is used largely by the tech industry will have little immediate effect, Seattle tech leaders said Tuesday.

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While other groups in Washington agree replacing the H-1B lottery with a more merit-based system would be beneficial.

"The fundamentals have not changed, demand is healthy and basic drivers of availability of skills here, shortage of skills there, more higher-end work being done here - all of this makes us confident that India IT story is quite sound", said Chandrasekhar.

Reforming the programme could help improve its effectiveness in attracting the world's best and the brightest, it said.

But Courtney H. New, who leads the global immigration practice at Nixon Peabody in Boston, said companies may simply be fed up with the long odds of getting a visa in the first place.

The Trump administration has so far only called for a review of the H-1B program without proposing any concrete changes.

"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", he said.

The goal, Trump said, is to ensure that American workers aren't supplanted by cheaper foreign labor, a common criticism of the H-1B program. The visas are meant to go to foreign nationals in occupations that generally require specialized knowledge, such as science, engineering or computer programming.

"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that's wrong", Trump said.

Technology leaders say they have been unable to get as many visas as they need because the system is flooded with immigration applications by outsourcing companies, who generally hire lower-skilled, lower-paid technical workers.

Focusing exclusively on H-1B workers is short-sighted and fails to address the well-documented abuse of other temporary guest workers, whose visa categories lack the oversight available in the H-1B program, even where the abuse rises to the level of human trafficking.

"That core issue has not been addressed", said R. Chandrashekhar, president of India's software and services companies association Nasscom.

It warned last week that onerous changes to USA visa rules could affect its earnings.