US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed another executive order to urge US tech-companies to hire more American workers, making it harder for them to hire foreign low-waged workers, but the planned changes will require congressional response to have any serious blow.
The new order signed by Mr. Trump “Buy American – Hire American,” will take introductory step into government agencies to apply rules against immigration scam and exploitation. It will also be reforming the H-1B visa program which will rank up the most skilled or highest paid applicants, rather than selecting them on lottery.
H1-B visa program will require from the agencies to prove that the visas are going only for the most skilled foreign workers in their fields. This will grant them to hire 85,000 workers each year such as professors, doctors, lawyers and tech engineers, of which 65,000 for applicants with bachelor’s degree, 20,000 for applicants with master’s or higher degree.
During a speech at Snap-on Tools Trump announced that: “We are going to use a tool you all know very well, It’s called the sledgehammer,”. “They should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants and not to be used to replace Americans,” Trump said.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation groups say that it will make it difficult to secure foreign talent, also they are alarming that H-1B program could make many tech workers from Silicon Valley to Leave the country. “The effect would end up being exactly the opposite of what Trump wants, companies would go offshore, like Microsoft did with Vancouver” ITIF president Robert D. Atkinson said for the Times.
But many US Tech. Companies agree with Donald Trump. They say that when there isn`t any qualified American workers they, apply for H-1Bs to get workers with master’s degrees or PhD.
H-1B visas in recent years are very popular, researchers measure that there are 700,000 to 900,000 lottery immigrants that are present in the United States on H-1B visas.