President Donald Trump has signed an executive order titled “Buy American, Hire American.” The order was signed while the 45th POTUS was visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin.
After signing the bill Trump called on federal agencies to overhaul the H-1B visa program.
The Presidents order asks the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and State Department to “take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse” within the U.S. immigration system in order to “protect workers.”
Trump spoke to a group of workers at the Snap-On Tools factory in Kenosha, telling them the H1-B visa program is “allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for sometimes less money.”
The new order doesn’t appears to reverse any current visa waiver rules in the United States. Instead the President orders departments to review and identify potential “abuses” of the visa waiver system.
When Trump was running for office he promised to closely examine visa programs to prioritize the goal of “Buy American, Hire American,” even as the president’s own company, the Trump Organization, continues to produce all of its products overseas.
Trump has even taken advantage of current visa waiver laws to fill positions with foreign workers at his various properties including Mar-a-Lago and Trump Winery.
“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.
“This historic action declares that the policy of our government is to progressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job,” added Trump.
Trump’s own “Make America Great Again” hates were produced in countries such as China and India.
“With this action, we’re sending a powerful signal to the world and we’re going to protect our jobs and finally put America first,” said Trump.
The new deal arrives the same day that Ivanka Trump made a deal to trademark more of her companies China-made goods in the country.
It was Trump’s first visit to the predominantly blue-collar state since taking office.
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