Trump Signs 'Buy American, Hire American' Executive Orders

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading USA science and tech policy think tank, hoped that the goal of Trump's executive order on the H-1B programme is "mend it, don't end it".

Thomas Gibson, chief executive of lobby group the American Iron and Steel Institute, said in a statement that "Buy American" provisions "are vital to the health of the domestic steel industry, and have helped create manufacturing jobs and build American infrastructure".

"Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for, sometimes, less pay".

A new executive order was signed by Trump on Tuesday during his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

These sign on executive order is a part of fulfilling his promises which he made in the election campaign previous year. "It's America first. You better believe it".

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts USA workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.

"We would encourage changes to the H-1B visas programme", IBM CFO Martin Schroeter told CNBC in an interview.

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. The Trump administration plans to explore ways to weight H-1B visa approvals toward higher-skilled, higher-paid workers and away from the current lottery system.

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"That's not a trivial number, but it's also a very, very small slice of all engineers in America", said Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

The "Buy American" portion of the order will tighten the waivers and exemptions that agencies use to get around procurement laws that favor American-made goods, and require agency heads to sign off on those waivers.

"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 promptly renegotiated or revoked", a second official said.

The trip brought Trump to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, but Ryan was out of the country on a congressional trip. About 70 dairy producers in both USA states are affected.

Since the early days of Trump's campaign, he has been vocal about his stance on the visa program, constantly saying that it's a threat to the American labor force.

"It would be a mistake to close the door on high-skilled workers from around the world who can contribute to American businesses growth and expansion and make the US more competitive around the world".

Trump has long pledged to support American goods and workers, but his own business record is mixed.

President Trump delivering on one of his most well known campaign promises. Many Trump products are produced overseas, and he has hired foreign workers at his properties including at Mar-a-Lago, his club in Palm Beach, Fla., which has become his frequent base of operations on weekends. So if enforced improperly, it could cause supply problems in a US market in which up to 25 percent of steel was imported in the first quarter of this year.

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