"We believe the President's visit emphasizes the need to nurture such manufacturing strength". In order to meet the new requirements, this steel must be melted and poured in the USA, ensuring that the entire steel supply chain benefits U.S. workers and industries. "The intent is to short-term high-skill kinds of visas, which is exactly how we use".

At a press briefing yesterday, representatives of the Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security, and State spoke to reporters about the executive order, on background (meaning we don't know the names of the representatives who spoke). You'll see what it really says.

"On paper, the order doesn't change the process much", she says.

The "hire American" front calls on federal agencies to more strictly enforce H1-B visa laws and proposes reforms to the program to ensure visas are given to the most-skilled applicants and to prevent further fraud and abuse.

The order, by itself, may have a limited impact but the theater is perhaps as important as the actual act. And why shouldn't federal agencies buy American products?

Charles Bradford of Bradford Research said focusing on "Buy American" for USA steel does not take into account that some steel products - including tin plate and semi-finished products - are not made in the United States.

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Trump also wants to toughen up the requirement that American-made goods be used in certain federal construction projects or in highway projects that are paid for with federal grants. "Highly-skilled immigrants create new American jobs, raise wages for native-born workers, and contribute enormously to growing our economy".

A day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the scrapping of Australia's 457 visas, President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to look at tightening the USA temporary visa program.

Critics of the programme have argued that the H-1Bs were being used by outsourcing firms to bring in low-skilled workers on low wages - who land up displacing Americans - and not the best and brightest as was originally envisioned.

Here's visa expert attorney Ahmad Yakazan.

R Chandrasekhar, President, Nasscom said H1- Visa issue is a very small one in the whole immigration debate in the United States and it is not the only issue that drives the Indian IT industry.

The president himself has relied on guest workers with a different kind of visa - H-2B - to help staff his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to the Palm Beach Post. "We do know that numerous companies that have this business model are the ones that are paying the lowest wages to H-1Bs".


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