Trump, Murphy agree federal agencies should 'buy American'

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"I don't think this executive order can change the way the H-1Bs are allocated under this year's cap", said Cyrus Mehta, an immigration attorney and law professor at Brooklyn Law School. It also sets in motion a change in immigration policies, which could exclude many qualified foreign professionals from Silicon Valley firms. This means the visas should not be granted to foreign workers who are simply willing to work for less than US workers. Instead, H-1B visas would be awarded to the "most skilled or highest paid" applicants. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, reported in February that under the WTO procurement agreement, foreign companies have gained far more access to U.S. government contracts than American companies have gained to overseas government contracts.

"I know he won't because he made a promise he's going to fix this for the hard working men and women, and we can't bankrupt the middle class of this country to give them insurance in name only", Trump Jr. said.

"What this executive order is saying is: 'Hey, Wilbur Ross".

Trump's order asks federal agencies to review the program and propose new rules to prevent fraud.

But Schott says other countries would likely respond to stricter Buy American policies by making it harder for USA companies to bid on foreign government contracts. He insisted that everyone in his administration will be expected to enforce every "Buy American" provision on behalf of the American worker, and that the government is going to investigate every trade deal that undermines these provisions. It is focused on reform of the H-1B non-immigration visa program, as well as the elimination of waivers and exceptions that are central to worldwide trade deals. "Nothing is being proposed that would impact or change the FY18 H-1B lottery that is now underway", Nasscom said in a statement.

But according to studies, 80 per cent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.

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. Trump's businesses have applied for both H-2B and H-2A visas numerous times. As per several United States reports, a majority of the H-1B visas every year are grabbed by Indian IT professionals.

Along with the US, Singapore and Australia have also been looking for ways to curb their work visa programs, which would mean that the Indian IT companies are in the midst of uncertainty.

The new visa will include a short term two-year stream with a broad list of occupations reduced from the current list of more than 200. That would be real", Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerTed Cruz: "Warren could beat Trump in 2020 Dem lawmakers use Tax Day to call for release of Trump's returns Schumer downplays chance of government shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.