|Published : 18 Apr 2017, 15:20:41|
Trump is expected to issue executive order on a controversial visa programme
A new executive order by President Trump, clamping a crackdown on a controversial visa programme for skilled workers and his launching of a push for US government agencies to buy more domestically-produced products is expected to come during his Tuesday’s (Eastern Standard Time) visit by the US president to the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of the Snap-on tool company, according to a global media report.
The executive order would be aimed at ending fraud and other abuses of the H-1B visa programme used by many Silicon Valley companies and outsourcing giants to bring in foreign workers, it added.
Coming just days after Trump drew criticism from labour unions and economic nationalists in his base for reversing a campaign pledge to label China a currency manipulator, the order will mark his latest effort to maintain the appeal to working class voters that helped him to the White House in an attempt to fulfil promises to abide by a “Buy American/Hire American” credo, the report added.
Applications earlier this month for the H-1B visa reached the annual quota of 85,000 in four days, according to the report.
The administration, the report states, wants to use a system that better rewards candidates with higher skills and advanced degrees and stops driving down wages for American workers, instead of awarding the visas via a random lottery.