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Trump's visa executive order could have big impacts on Tennessee

Trump's visa executive order could have big impacts on Tennessee

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump ordered a review of government procurement rules favoring American companies to see if they are actually benefiting, especially the USA steel industry.

On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order that directed federal agencies to implement a "Buy American, Hire American" strategy. "One is the outright racism of denying non-Americans an opportunity to be engaged in a field for which they are most qualified and the other is to raise salaries, even though there aren't enough jobs to actually go around, and keeping the wages low", Hoeing said.

The order directs agencies to enforce government rules on excluding foreign contractors from bids for government projects.

In light of the executive order, employers are maintaining that they want to hire American talent, but they're not finding people with the skillsets they need.

Around 85,000 foreign workers are admitted to the U.S. each year under the current H-1B visa programme, with most coming to work in high-skill industries. "This will stop", Trump was quoted as saying after he signed the executive order.

"Hitherto, many Indians obtained H-1B visas through various methods to join bogus companies". American jobs are sometimes replaced in the process.

Ironically, Trump's wife Melania used an H-1B visa to immigrate to the U.S. in 1996 and work as a model in New York City.

He campaigned previous year on promises to overhaul USA trade and regulatory policy, but his executive orders on those issues reflect the administration bowing somewhat to the limits of presidential power.

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President Trump has set the wheels in motion for H-1B visa reform.

"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong", he said on Tuesday in Wisconsin, where he signed the order.

The policy would have a "somewhat meaningful" impact on the USA steel industry, but "I'm kind of skeptical it even happens", Lee McMillan, an analyst at Clarksons Platou Securities, said in a telephone interview. To qualify for the visa, workers usually must have a bachelor's degree or higher.

"While Indians have been the biggest beneficiaries of H-1B visas, the expected change of substantial increase in minimum salary level might force the IT companies to take away United States jobs elsewhere to countries like India".

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts USA workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.

The Order also targets the abusive use of waivers and exceptions that undermine "Buy American" laws meant to promote taxpayer money going to American companies.

"Any onerous additional restrictions on the H-1B.would hurt thousands of U.S. businesses and their efforts to be more competitive by hindering access to needed talent", NASSCOM said in a statement.

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