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Trump is right: American jobs should be prioritized

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Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 07:33

But it's not as straightforward as it sounds.

The moves show Mr Trump once again using his power to issue executive orders to try to fulfil promises he made previous year in his election campaign, in this case to reform United States immigration policies and encourage purchases of American products. The officials said the commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in enforcing the existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.

The Indian government, on its part, has said it will take up the issue with the American authorities during the upcoming visit of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to the US.

It was unclear whether the latest such order would yield immediate results.

Ronil Hira, a professor in public policy at Howard University and a critic of the H-1B program, said Trump's planned order is "better than nothing". After payment of an additional 1,225 US dollars in charge, USCIS responds typically in 15 calendar days, whereas standard H-1B petitions may take anywhere between three to six months to receive a judgement.

Trump said reform of the H-1B visa scheme was long overdue. A famous case would be Walt Disney, who replaced a large number of USA technology workers with foreign workers who were willing to accept lower wages.

When he was running for president, then-candidate Trump said he routinely hired seasonal foreign workers for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach because it was nearly impossible to hire American workers.

The number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016, according U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The order also targets NAFTA.

The order asked government bodies to review and minimize the use of waivers and exceptions to "Buy American" policies, and assess the degree to which waivers included in free trade deals have hurt American workers.

President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market for their product. "It's been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers, and we're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".

"We continue to invest in the local communities in which we operate, including hiring local American top talent, bringing education and training to our clients to shrink the skills gap in the U.S.", Infosys said in a statement.

Administration 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 transportation grant-funded projects. This follows heightened compliance and enforcement initiatives issued recently through the coordination of various government agencies.

But others felt his plan is misguided.

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