Orders stricter enforcement of laws requiring use of only U.S.-made materials in federal projects.
Attempting to keep a top campaign promise, President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to begin reining in the H-1B visa program that critics say for decades has allowed lower-wage foreign workers to take jobs from Americans.
He tackled the guest worker program as part of a “buy-American, hire-American” policy, which also ordered stricter enforcement of laws requiring use of only U.S.-made materials in federal projects and bolsters rules against dumping foreign steel in the U.S. market.
“American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses and today their calls are being answered for the first time,” Mr. Trump said at a Snap-on tool factory headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he signed the executive order.
He said the current system that doles out thousands of H-1B visas in an annual lottery was unfair to U.S. workers, and he vowed to restrict visa for only the most skilled and highest paid applicants, such as those with masters degrees or doctorates.
“No one can compete with American workers when they are given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades,” said Mr. Trump.
The order, however, did not impose the new requirements endorse by the president. Instead, he launched a 220-day review to come up with proposed reforms.