Trump Signs Buy American Hire American Executive Order

Mr Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc., a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump now has only a 41 percent approval rating in the state.

They are seeking a more merit-based method of awarding visas to highly skilled workers.

Trump has traveled to promote his agenda less than his recent predecessors. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump wanted to visit "a company that builds American-made tools with American workers".

The officials said the order would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to establish new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse.

Specifically targeted: The H-1B visa program, which allows 85,000 foreign workers into the United States each year to take specific high-skilled jobs with USA companies.

Administration officials said that the order seeks to strengthen requirements that US-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects.

Specifically, the review will take into account whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by allowing foreign companies to undercut American companies in the global government procurement market.

"American workers have long called for reforms to end visa abuses".

"He's here today to highlight American manufacturing and put a spot light on Snap-on", said the firm's chairman and chief executive officer, Nicholas Pinchuk. It's more complicated than that, though, because it involves a number of existing federal financial assistance programs and labor policies which Trump's team says have been "enormously diluted over time".

Trump's election campaign had been marred by his disparaging remarks against minorities in the US, including a call to ban all Muslims from coming to America as well as stopping Mexican migrants by building a long wall along the US-Mexico border.

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last June, Trump said, "It's very, very hard to get people in Palm Beach during the Palm Beach season".

The American H1-B visa is akin to the 457 Australian visa which Mr Turnbull announced would be replaced with two new skilled worker visas. Some Trump sport coats are made in India.

To protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States, Trump said that his administration is going to implement "Hire American" rules.

Senior administration officials say the order is effectively an initiation of a review by these departments of how the current visa waiver program is structured, rather than a call to take immediate, specific actions regarding the visa programs.

She explained that when outsourcing companies file applications for temporary foreign workers, they are not required to say what companies they will ultimately serve. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients.

Mr Trump's wife Melania used an H-1B visa in her early days as a model in NY, says the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue in Washington.

But he added that "some of the ideas that have been suggested, such as requiring applicants to advertise job openings for an extended period of time to prove conclusively that no US workers are available could be so onerous that it renders the program ineffective".

Ronil Hira, a professor in public policy at Howard University and a critic of the H-1B program, said Trump's planned order is "better than nothing".

  • Carolyn Briggs