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20 April 2017, 06:03 | Myron Mathis
A senior administration official, briefing reporters Monday on the condition of anonymity ahead of the president's event, said the goal of the review would be to shift the process for awarding H1-B visas to put a priority on higher-skilled and higher-paid workers, making it more hard to use it to replace American workers.
Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American and Hire American", said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources. These sign on executive order is a part of fulfilling his promises which he made in the election campaign past year.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016. No longer are programmers with just a bachelor's degree eligible for the visas automatically - instead, applicants applying for tech jobs will have to provide supplemental materials if they don't have a professional degree.
Senior officials gave few details on the implementation of the order, but Trump aides have expressed concern that most H-1B visas are awarded for lower-paid jobs at outsourcing firms, many based in India, which they say takes work away from Americans.
At a the headquarters of a big-name tool manufacturer, Trump is expected to sign an order aimed at curbing what his administration says are abuses in a visa program used by USA technology companies that harm American workers.
The Associated Press and Reuters news agencies reported this story.
The officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal grant-funded transportation projects.
The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements. Trump asked a supportive crowd at the headquarters of Snap-on.
During his remarks, Trump weighed in on another economic issue, promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market they had for their product.
Canada has made a decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. About 70 dairy producers in both US states are affected. "Grab him by the 1040", read another, a reference to raunchy comments Trump made about women during a 2005 taping of "Access Hollywood". US workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages. And his businesses have hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago.
Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in various industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation.
During the tour, Trump was shown metal boxes where cremated ashes are deposited.
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