President Donald J. Trump arrived in Wisconsin Tuesday, where he will sign the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order to keep American jobs as promised. (VIDEO BELOW)
President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. (VIDEO BELOW)
According to Business Insider, the officials said the new order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of the tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most skilled or highest-paid applicants.”
The White House said the program was undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies were using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.
Administration officials said the order also seeked to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects. The officials said the commerce secretary would review how to close loopholes in enforcing the existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.
The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements. The administration said that if the waivers were not benefiting the US, they would be “renegotiated or revoked.”
Founded in Wisconsin in 1920, Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in a variety of industries, including agriculture, the military, and aviation. Its headquarters are in Kenosha and it has eight manufacturing sites in North America, including one in Milwaukee. The company employs about 11,000 people worldwide.