Trump targets visa program he says hurts American workers


Even as Indian IT industry's representative body Nasscom on Wednesday said there will be no impact of the changed norms for H-1B visas under President Donald Trumps "Buy American, Hire American campaign, industries" lobby Assocham says IT companies are headed for disruption.

"The buy and hire American order, I'm about to sign, will help protect workers and students like those of you in the audience today", said Trump to the employees at Snap-on.

Throughout his election campaign, Trump pushed the "Buy American, hire American" maxim and prefers to move towards a merit-based visa system, which only encourages the most-talented workers from overseas to come. But those workers are hired using the H-2B visa for temporary non-agricultural workers.

Trump also wants to toughen up the requirement that American-made goods be used in certain federal construction projects or in highway projects that are paid for with federal grants.

During the speech, the president condemned the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement and called them "another one of our disasters" and a "complete and total disaster", respectively.

Some of Trump's products are made in the US, but overall, his goods are made in 12 countries, including China, Mexico, India and Germany.

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

Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday night that his father has done more in the first two months of his presidency than both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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"We are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and finally put America first", declared Trump at a rally in Wisconsin.

They believe that President Trump is serious about bringing back jobs to the US. "It's time. It's time, right?" The company has used existing visa waiver laws in order to fill positions with foreign workers in Trump properties such as Mar-a-Lago and Trump Winery.

It directs federal agencies to propose reforms to the H-1B program that prevents the displacement of American workers.

USA lawmakers have already tabled more than half a dozen Bills in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems.

"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words 'Made in the USA, '" Trump said.

As mandated by the Congress, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) every year issues 65,000 H-1B visas and another 20,000 to those applicants having masters and higher degrees from a US educational institution.

There are many communities across the country that would not have any physicians were it not for H-1B visas.