During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he often said he was running on a “buy American, hire American” philosophy. On Tuesday, he followed through with this in a big way when he signed an executive order calling for an overhaul of H-1B visas.
ABC News reported that the order calls on the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and State Department to “take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse” within the U.S. immigration system in order to “protect workers.” During a speech in Wisconsin that he gave after signing the order, Trump called out the H1-B visa program for “allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for sometimes less money.”
“The buy and hire American order, I’m about to sign, will help protect workers and students like those of you in the audience today,” Trump told employees at Snap-on, a manufacturer of high-end tools and equipment employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.
“This historic action declares that the policy of our government is to progressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job,” added Trump.
The president went on to ensure the employees that his government will do “everything in [its] power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words, ‘Made in the USA.'”
“With this action, we’re sending a powerful signal to the world and we’re going to protect our jobs and finally put America first,” said Trump.
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