President Trump issued a surprise executive order on Monday morning cracking down on the outsourcing of skilled jobs to foreign workers while the pandemic rages — an important step in Trump’s “America First” agenda.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday which curbs the H-1B outsourcing of jobs at government agencies, including the government-controlled Tennessee Valley Authority.
“We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first,” Trump told attendees at a signing event in the White House.
As unemployment skyrockets due to coronavirus-induced lockdowns, Democrats continue to clamor for more immigration, but Trump has made the decision to prioritize employing Americans first.
Roughly 30,000 jobs in government agencies have been filled with foreign contract-workers through the H-1B visa program. Additionally, Breitbart reported that “Currently, Fortune 500 companies keep at least 1.3 million foreign contract-workers in jobs needed by U.S. graduates, including at least 600,000 H-1B workers.”
The White House issued a statement explaining the intent of the order:
President Trump is signing an Executive Order to create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on United States labor in lucrative Federal contracts.
It would be unfair for Federal employers to replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries.
The Executive Order will require all Federal agencies to complete an internal audit and assess whether they are in compliance with the requirement that only United States citizens and nationals are appointed to the competitive service.
The Department of Labor will also finalize guidance to prevent H-1B employers from moving H-1B workers to other employers’ job sites to displace American workers.
Trump also ordered a temporary halt to H-1B inflow on June 22 and ordered administration officials to re-draft rules for foreign workers for Fortune 500 companies to prioritize the hiring of American graduates.