In April, the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order was
signed. The Trump administration says the order will help to stimulate
the growth of American manufacturing and help workers whose job are threatened
by skilled immigrants. The policy is more complicated than it may appear,
though. Here is what you should know about the "Buy American, Hire
Administrative Changes Over Policy Change
Despite appearing to take action to support American workers, the executive
order is more of an administrative move than a clear shift in policies.
Currently, the order is asking for self-assessment from a number of federal
agencies, and for assistance in generating ideas for policy changes that
fit the new guidelines.
It Targets the HB-1 Visa Program and NAFTA
The executive order seeks to reform the
HB-1 visa program, which allows American employers to look outside the U.S. for
workers with highly specialized knowledge or training. In addition to
trying to stopforeign workers from entering the country, it also is taking on the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement is scheduled for analysis to see
that it meets the “Trump standard for fairness and reciprocity.”
It Pushes For More American-Made Products to be Used in Federal Projects
The order also expresses the intent to streamline existing rules on federal
projects to crack down on loopholes that allow foreign-made products to
be used. It is seeking to find ways to push for American-made products,
though a clear plan has yet to be outlined.
The HB-1 visa program may be affected by the "Buy American, Hire American"
executive order, which may affect those who are seeking employment in
the U.S. through the program. If you have questions about how you or a
loved one may be affected by this new order, please contact our Philadelphia
immigration lawyer. At the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault, we have more than 10 years of experience in immigration law to help you
understand your legal options and find a solution to your immigration issues.
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