Despite a flurry of executive orders on immigration, Donald Trump isn’t done yet.
In perhaps one of his most important orders, President Trump will be cracking down on H-1b Visa abuse to ensure American companies hire American workers first.
The H-1b visa program is designed to allow companies to temporarily bring in high-skilled workers, but only if they can’t find American workers willing or able to do the job.
Critics have contended that its true purpose is to cut costs by importing less-expensive workers.
In a national scandal, companies like Disney, SoCal Edison, and Fossil Group have fired hundreds of American technology workers and forced them to train their immigrant replacements, many of whom received H-1b visas, The Daily Caller is reporting.
Congress would have to approve most of the changes but Trump’s executive order can force American workers to prioritize American workers first and if they do import foreign workers, they must prioritize the most skilled and highest paid.
“Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest,” a draft reviewed by Bloomberg reads. “Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”
In 2015, the Labor Department opened an investigation into H-1b Visa abuse, but nothing came of the Obama-initiated study.
During that investigation, Disney workers met behind closed doors with Senate staffers. Later, one of the workers spoke to The Daily Caller:
“It was just a complete shock that you could do that in this country,” he told TheDCNF, adding: “Twenty years of hard work, technical skill building, fostering relationships, a bachelor’s degree in IT, guided me to a coveted position as an IT engineer at Disney. And that was just wiped out.”
The United States currently permits about one million immigrants and about 700,000 guest workers to enter the country every year. By 2023, the foreign-born population in the United States will hit 51 million, the Census Bureau reports.