Trump Takes Major Step Towards U.S. Jobs Growth

Trump Takes Major Steps in U.S. Jobs Growth

Outsourcing is a major problem for the United States. With a significant chunk of American companies outsourcing work to countries where they can pay pennies on the dollar to save on labor, it’s a hard sell to convince them to come back and hire Americans instead. But President Trump seeks to resolve that problem once and for all by signing a “Buy American, Hire American” order.
The new executive order forces the government to review their procurement practices while simultaneously re-evaluating temporary visa programs that allow companies to enter the United States as temporary foreign workers. The inquiry could also lead to changes in the H-1B Visa program itself — changes that stand to significantly impact large-scale industries like technology.
Labeled the “Buy American, Hire American” order, it would also limit the ability of the government to procure products from third world countries like Malaysia and Vietnam, forcing departments to instead purchase from countries in the U.S.
Trump’s goal is to force government departments and everyday corporations to seek products and skilled workers from within the United States itself, thereby increasing the economy and stabilizing wages for currently underpaid workers. Whether or not the move will achieve this goal is questionable. Some experts believe that the order could potentially end up doing more harm than good, while others believe it’s just the first step in a much-needed tightening up of immigration practices.
From a government standpoint, the Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State departments will be the first to scrutinize current processes in an effort to reduce fraud and fraudulent immigration. Once the analysis is completed, the executive order will demand reforms that change the H-1B visa to prevent companies and departments from hiring under-skilled workers. While the H-1B program will remain in place, only the most highly-skilled workers will have access to it.
The U.S. government issues over 65,000 H-1B visas each and every year, mostly to scientists, engineers, computer programmers and other high-end tech positions. An additional 20,000 visas are issued only to foreign students who come to the United States for an education in highly-skilled professions.
Some companies will experience a significant amount of change if the program is adjusted. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, Inc hires approximately 15 percent of its workforce as foreign workers each year, as does Apple, Google and Microsoft. Other social media platforms and software companies frequently rely upon foreign workers as well.
But most of the visas wind up in the hands of outsourcing companies who utilize the foreign workers to save money on salaries. That’s where Trump believes the real problems begin.
When skilled workers exist on home soil, yet companies outsource to save money, that takes jobs directly away from highly skilled Americans. The result is more money for the company’s bottom line, but a significant hit to the economy.
Trump will sign the order today at the headquarters for multi-billion dollar corporation Snap-On Tools Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This is a symbolic gesture of support for companies who keep their offices on home soil.