President Donald Trump, in a stop in Kenosha on Tuesday, signaled support for Democratic U.S. Sen. Applications for the H-1B visas decreased for the first time in five years according to CNN Money, though the total number of visas that will be distributed, 85,000, is fixed. "Simply reviewing the program is too little, too late", Senator Dick Durbin said after Trump signed a the order directing his administration to review the functioning of the system.
USA lawmakers have already tabled more than half a dozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems. Many of those proposals, as per industry body Nasscom, are discriminatory and are targeted towards Indian IT companies.
No matter, he's right on the overall thrust of this executive order. Likewise, investigations during the election found that numerous Trump's branded products were manufactured outside of the U.S. Trump signed his executive order in a room filled with hundreds of Snap-On's employees.
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In the construction industry, there also are concerns over "too strict a definition of what constitutes USA -made steel products", said Kenneth Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America. "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". Trump asked a supportive crowd at the headquarters of Snap-on. The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the USA after getting degrees in high-tech specialties - and because companies can't always find enough American workers with the skills they need. "With no mandated timeframes and no changes to the law, today's executive order can not solve the underlying problem", Pascrell said. India's National Association of Software and Services even told the Times that the H-1B visa program only exists because the USA is constantly short on high-skilled IT talent. Real reform must happen legislatively. "The Administration should come to the Congress and work with us on changing the law", Pascrell said. "The H-1B program was created to fill gaps in America's workforce with highly-skilled foreign workers, but as we've seen in recent years, the program has been abused and exploited at the expense of American workers and most- qualified foreign workers", he said.
Melissa Repko, with the Dallas Morning News, says mainly tech companies and outsourcing firms - many of which are based in India - have a high percentage of workers with an H-1B visa. The government uses a lottery system to give 65,000 visas every year. The minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said: "Despite campaign promises that President Trump would fight for the American worker, reality hasn't matched his rhetoric".
Veteran steel industry analyst Michelle Applebaum said while it remains to be seen how thoroughly the Trump administration will police the steel industry, the executive order sends a clear message to steel importers.