US President Donald Trump signed a decree “Buy American, employ American workers,” which strengthens the protection of certain goods produced in America and calls for a revision of the H-1B visa program that promotes the work of highly qualified foreign specialists in the US in order to reform this program. This was reported by the Voice of America.
The decree was signed prior to consideration by Congress of the relevant bill on the reform of the working visas system for highly skilled H-1B workers.
The working visas H-1B program for highly skilled workers is popular among high-tech US companies. 85 thousand visas are annually provided in the framework of this program, which allows companies to attract employees of technical specialties from around the world and not least - programmers from Ukraine.
The presidential decree sends a clear signal to the US executive branch about the beginning of a review of the system for attracting foreign workers, as well as strengthening the protection of US producers in the US public procurement system.
“Only the most qualified and highly paid workers should have access to this program ... because now it is more profitable for large companies to fire workers and hire specialists abroad. Now, 80% of workers of H-1B visas receive salaries below the industry average,” said a senior US official during the briefing in the White House concerning new decree of Trump.
The other part of the decree – “Buy American” - refers to strengthening supervision over the implementation of existing provisions on the use of American-made goods for projects such as the American railway Amtrak. During the briefing, high-ranking officials of the White House noted the need to protect the interests of steel slabs producers by adhering to the relevant standards.
“If the lower standard is used ... slabs are imported from such countries as Russia or China, and only 10% of steel is produced in the United States, which has a negative impact on the availability of jobs,” it was noted.
Although supplies of Ukrainian steel to the US are still insignificant, stricter delivery conditions for US purchases can affect the overall situation on the world markets.
Earlier it was reported that Trump intends to sign new migration decree on March 6. White House chief strategist Stephen Bennon discussed a new document with the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.