Trump To Crack Down On Visa "Abuse" In "Hire American" Executive Order

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President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that aims to overhaul the H1-B visa program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S., directing a government-wide review aimed at putting new teeth back into decades-old “Buy American” and “Hire American” directives.


As The Hill reports, Trump will travel to a manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wis., to sign the order, which the administration says will make it more difficult for U.S. companies to look overseas for workers to fill middle-income jobs.

At a background briefing with reporters, senior administration officials described the current H1-B visa program as a lottery system that indiscriminately hands out work visas to contracting firms that recruit low-skilled, low-wage workers to replace working-class domestic laborers.


They say a new system is needed to ensure that the program returns to its original purpose of bringing in high-skilled, high-paid workers to fill more specialized or technical roles.

As we've pointed out before, large Indian consulting firms are by far the largest users of the H-1B visa program.  That said, most of the jobs created by those companies tend to have lower salaries than those created by the likes of Microsoft, Google and Facebook.  

Tech industry insiders expect Trump will direct DHS, which runs the H-1B visa lottery system, to start a rule-making to re-prioritize the visa allocation to give preference to higher-paying firms. This pits tech firms against the Indian IT-staffing firms.


In theory, prioritizing by salaries means visas for more senior, higher-paying jobs will be granted first, and visas for lower-paying jobs (such as those being filled by Indian IT services firms) would fall to the back of line, perhaps not getting allocated at all if demand for the high-wage job visas is strong.


California House members Darrell Issa, a Republican, and Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, are pushing bills that would raise salary requirements for H-1B visa holders. Tech companies generally support those efforts to de-prioritize Indian outsourcers that they claim "clog up" the oversubscribed lottery system with bulk applications.



In line with his campaign promises...

The Wall Street Journal reports, the executive orders will initiate a 220-day review process, which could lead to additional executive orders and possibly legislation, will focus on preventing foreign workers with H-1B visas from, as one senior administration official put it, “undercutting American labor at less cost,” which the official labeled as “an abuse” of the current system.

“This is a clear statement from the president of the United States to shore up some of these abuses,” the official continued. The goal, the official said, is ensuring that “everyone can have a realistic path to economic success and full employment.”

The order will call for a review by federal agencies aimed at stricter enforcement of immigration and other laws governing the entry of workers into the U.S.

In addition to the visa program, federal agencies will be asked to review and minimize the use of waivers and exceptions to Buy American policies as well as assess the degree to which waivers included in free-trade agreements have hurt American workers. If those waivers, which are part of trade agreements with nearly 60 countries, are deemed to have put the U.S. at a disadvantage, as administration officials believe to be the case, those deals are likely to be renegotiated, the official said. The order also will demand the use of American-made steel in publicly financed infrastructure and other construction projects. It clarifies that steel slab imported from and primarily constructed in foreign countries but finished in the U.S. won’t meet that directive.

“This ensures that the benefits of Buy American are felt throughout the supply chain,” another senior administration official said on Monday.

“There will be an immediate culture change across these agencies,” a senior administration official said. “Buying American is the Trump administration’s highest priority for taxpayer dollars. Agencies will have their marching orders and will be held accountable for failure.”


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FreeShitter's picture

Fuck your  tweeting, do america a big favor and  the fed motherfucker.

Looney's picture


This is some REAL “legislative” lifting. I hope he doesn’t pull a muscle or shart himself.   ;-)


ne-tiger's picture

Trump did the right thing here, one promise done.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In other news, share of America Express and MasterCard is enjoy significant gain in early trade.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

I'd still vote for him again, just for the progressive tears. So many!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

That is what Democrat voter is do for Hillary, is vote for her again.

… and again

… and again

… and again

all in same election and even register and vote behalf of dead relative and federally incarcerated inmate.


… but she is STILL not win electoral vote!

Overfed's picture

Now if only those phuckstick Republicans would get the HPA onto the president's desk, we'd actually be getting somewhere.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Funny you are mention desk… whatever Republican president is get jpb done on desk, Democrat like Bill Clinton is get job under desk.

sheikurbootie's picture

Ignore the cry babies, ne-tiger. 

These butt hurt loser liberals don't want promises kept.  They only know how to whine.  Their new motto is "resist".  It really means whine and cry.

HockeyFool's picture

And since the election there has been a major increase in the whine & cry crowd here on ZH. Coincidence? I think not.

sheikurbootie's picture

looney I thought you said you're Canadian.  WTF Doesn't Canada have world problems.  Oh, shit I forgot.  Canada is weak and powerless on the world stage. 

So, you feel the need to complain about issues that don't concern you and yours?

DistortedPictures's picture

sheikurbootie is very knowledgeable, he has got a degree from Trump university. He is making his monthly payments and should have it paid off within the next twenty years.   

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

It has bipartisan support.  It has tech company support.


Infosys and other companies cause the firing of entire divisions of Americans who have to stay long enough to train the independent contractor's associates in the job before being dismissed.


They can all go fuck themselves and then felch my asshole for dessert

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

the executive orders will initiate a 220-day review process, which could lead to additional executive orders and possibly legislation,


Yum those are some good symbolic crumbs rabbi

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe is time to organize committee to set up workgroup for establish of department to rid government of bureaucratic waste, no?

Xena fobe's picture

Good stuff, Boris.  Guess I have to set up a Twitter account to follow. 

cheech_wizard's picture

The DRD - otherwise known as the Department of Redundancy Department, never to be confused with the CPLC - the Curtailment of Personal Liberties Committee.

Standard Disclaimer: There's probably a novel in the making there.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

You are very smart funny and manifest talent in formation of acronymn! You should work for government!

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  Sure at the margin this may help 20,000 people per year get or keep a job.   Crumbs obviously.


But I like the message, and you can fill a bucket one crumb at a time, goy.  We still need you to make money and be happy so we can keep making money.

konadog's picture

It's about time the H1B scam was ended, but I'm not holding my breath.

sleigher's picture

I am watching closely as this directly affects my job and my bosses.   They laid off a ton of people and went with Infosys.  Place has been heaven to work at since then. So...  hoping this happens and can laugh my ass off.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Infosys has probably been the biggest abuser subverting the intent of H1B.


I hope they go bankrupt.

konadog's picture

There are plenty of abusers. Don't forget that it was Google, Intel, Apple and Adobe that got caught red handed price fixing wages. They love H1Bs and I would put these NWO globalist nightmare companies at the top of the heap.

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biker (not verified) konadog Apr 18, 2017 1:21 PM

right next to ya

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E.F. Mutton's picture


EhKnowKneeMass's picture

Now, Tata's tata will undergo deflation.

aliens is here's picture

Why not make it a law, is the GOP controlled congress doing any work this year?

Dg4884's picture

Well, yes.  I think they have slated 14 days for work this year.

syzygysus's picture

Thank God.  We don't need more laws, codes, regulations and nonsense.  I vote they come into session every third year and have term limits.

Oldwood's picture

They claim they need time to go back and build up support from their constituencies. It is the same with most businesses today. They spend more time and money promoting themselves than actually producing the quality and product they spend all their time promising. If congress would simply DO THEIR FUCKING JOB they wouldn't need to worry about "back home". Instead, due to their failures and inaction, their only play is to go back home to make excuses and fearmonger as to how it could be so much worse. Increasingly people are wising up. Give them one chance to make good and if they fail, they are GONE!.

Xena fobe's picture

"Build up support from constituencies" equals "collect bribes".

E.F. Mutton's picture

I think National Otter Appreciation Day and a new Post Office naming are on the agenda.

So yeah, they're pretty full

Reaper's picture

Full of sound and fury and doing little.

Consuelo's picture



Beating drums whilst hunting tigers...

me or you's picture

What about no hiring dual-citizens for government positions.

Oldwood's picture

Is an African-American a dual-citizen? Because we got a LOT of them in government positions....mostly on top, as is the favorite government "position".

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Not gonna happen under Pres. Kushner.

Falconsixone's picture

Whoopie! Just had to sign something that really doesn't do shit for the 92m out of a slave job?

Look at you go Ron or Don or Jon whatever your name is.

Anything on the fed res. bank yet?

Oh! and did you happen to notice all the perverted fucking jews leading you around by your nose?

Anything else yuge happening on the same ol lies agenda?



ChemtrailPilot's picture



And he's even signing it in Paul Ryan's district, the madman!

natxlaw's picture

Damn skippy! You know, I once applied for a job as a chem trail pilot? Really. I was going to be seeding clouds with silver iodide.

Consuelo's picture




The 'leading by decree' style of governance can only satiate the plebes for so long.   For it is like a 'sound bite' - captivating, uplifting, energizing, etc., but fizzles rapidly. 

johnconnor's picture

Better late than never, people that don't work on IT/Telco can't understand the Indian/Pakistani invasion and how the H1B has been keeping the salaries of engineers, PhDs y scientist artifially low for many years. The other issue is that and once of these Indians/Pakistanis becomes a manager, only people from that tribe gets hired, HR looks to the other side, I have seen it over and over again and when a company is just a bunch of Indians, you know all innovation and quality will be a thing of the past. 

Land Snark's picture

"and once of these Indians/Pakistanis becomes a manager, only people from that tribe gets hired,"

Yep. Just like our inner cities with respect to the Dindos.

Xena fobe's picture

It's true for all ethnicities once they become the majority.  Nepotism ensures only their kind get the job, the home, etc.  And this is acceptible to the libtard snowflakes.  The law is only enforced on Americans.