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Trump to Sign Executive Order Reviewing Highly Skilled H-1B Visa Program

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Manuel Armenta | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:35

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

"We're going to switch away from a random lottery system in which it's weighted toward the lowest-wage workers towards a system that prioritizes higher-skilled, higher-paid workers, which would make it much more hard to use it to replace American workers", a senior administration official said Monday.

US President Donald Trump Tuesday said US jobs are for Americans and the rest will have to undergo strict review to get work visas in the country.

The Reuters report came in the same week that the White House released its "Buy American and Hire American" initiative aimed launching a review of trade deals and immigration policies negotiated by his predecessors that the President claims unfairly disadvantage American corporate competitiveness and hurt USA worker wages.

The President said H1B visas should be given to the most-skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never be used to replace Americans. Some have suggested that companies abuse the privilege and simply hire foreign workers to save money and drive down wages for American workers.

The timeline for the H-1B-related review and changes was not clear in the executive order, which merely said they should be wrapped up "as soon as practicable".

The new executive order reinforces existing law to make sure the federal government gives priority to American-made goods and services.

Trump's order also empowers federal agencies to reexamine loopholes in the government's procurement process.

The trip brings Trump to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, but he is out of the country on a congressional trip. The president was greeted by Gov. Scott Walker outside Snap-on's headquarters.

"We're sending a powerful signal to the world", Trump said during his speech on Tuesday. Ivanka Trump-branded clothes continue to be made in China. About 70 dairy producers in both US states are affected.

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

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., urged Trump to skip further study and support her bill to rebuild US infrastructure with American iron and steel. The additional scrutiny DHS has ordered will include "site visits" to determine whether "H-1B dependent employers are evading their obligation to make a good faith effort to recruit USA workers", the Trump administration says. His businesses also have hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Fla., club.

Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems and shop equipment for use in agriculture, the military and aviation. He called it "very depressing".