Following President Trump’s refugee ban, tech company giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and others are about to be hit hard with the latest executive order.
The new executive order will terminate the work-visa programs technology companies depend on to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.
This order will essentially force the companies to first hire Americans before investing in foreign workers.
A draft version of Trump’s executive order can be read below:
“Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest. Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”
Trump’s aim with this executive order is to end the abuse of tech companies hiring cheaper workers from foreign countries to fill jobs that otherwise could go to qualified Americans.
For example, through the H-1B visa program, a major tech company can outsource and hire a cheaper worker from India rather than hire an American at a higher wage.
“If firms are using the program for cheap labor, I think it will affect them and they will have to pay workers more,” said Ron Hira, an associate professor at Howard University. “If tech firms are using the program for specialized labor, they may find there are more visas available.”
Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic congresswoman from California, introduced a similar measure to Trump’s order in a bill last week. The bill would tighten and enforce requirements for the H-1B work visa program.
“My legislation refocuses the H-1B program to its original intent – to seek out and find the best and brightest from around the world, and to supplement the U.S. workforce with talented, highly-paid, and highly-skilled workers,” Lofgren said in a statement.
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