Trump takes first step toward H-1B reform

While the order itself is scant on details, senior administration officials who briefed reporters said the president is asking the Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State departments to crack down on employers who abuse the visa program and propose reforms to ensure visas are awarded to the most-skilled workers at the highest wage levels.

On Tuesday, President Trump traveled to Wisconsin where he signed an Executive Order that reinforces existing law to make certain federal dollars give priority to American-made goods.

Does the President's executive order on buying American and hiring American make the government buy more American products?

Now he says an executive order is putting American workers first.

The Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security are tasked with proposing new rules and issuing new guidance with the intent of protecting US workers and eliminating fraud or abuse.

White House said the order "calls on the executive branch to fully enforce the laws governing the entry of foreign workers into the USA economy, to promote rising wages and more employment".

Trump's executive order has directed the federal bureaucracy to look for new ways to restructure and restrict the H-1B system, and enforce the law more vigorously.

Reforming the H-1B visa system was one of the major election promises of Trump.

"Hitherto, many Indians obtained H-1B visas through various methods to join bogus companies".

This Executive Order calls to fully enforce the laws governing the entry of foreign workers into the USA economy, to promote rising wages and more employment.

Pinchuk said he believes it's actually the "seminal issue of our time", because we're in a global competition for jobs.

Trump said: "Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong".

U.S. lawmakers have already tabled more than half adozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems.

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.

"But when they are used, as they sometimes are, to bring in foreign workers to replace American workers, who sometimes are forced to train their replacements who will receive lower wages, that is unfair", she said.

When he was running for president, then-candidate Trump said he routinely hired seasonal foreign workers for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach because it was nearly impossible to hire American workers. In some cases, outsourcing firms flood the system with applicants, obtaining visas for foreign workers and then contracting them out to tech companies.

There was a significant drop, at least 16 percent, in the applications for the H1B visas for highly-skilled workers this year than in 2016. World Bank data showed the U.S. was the second largest source of remittance for India in 2015, behind Saudi Arabia, and about Dollars 10.96 billion-nearly 16 percent of the total inflows were sent to India.

According to data by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, employers submitted 199,000 visa applications against 236,000 applications previous year.

"Any onerous additional restrictions on the H-1B and L-1 visa systems would hurt thousands of U.S. businesses and their efforts to be more competitive by hindering access to needed talent", Nasscom said in a press release on Wednesday.

  • Leroy Wright