President Donald Trump is throwing the hammer down on the Obama-era globalist ideology with extreme conviction.
And recently, Trump further perpetuated the “America first” ideology when he stated it wasn’t his job to be “President of the world.”
Now it’s clear that the Trump administration is continuing with this theme by sending American companies a stern warning.
The Washington Times reported:
“The Justice and Homeland Security departments issued startling warnings Monday to companies applying for the country’s most prominent foreign guest-worker program, telling executives to look for Americans to fill those jobs first and promising more investigations and prosecutions of businesses that abuse the system.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of the Homeland Security Department, also released rules on Friday that could curtail the number of computer programmers who get H-1B visas, designated for specialty occupations that American companies have a tough time filling.
The crackdowns were announced as USCIS opened the application process on Monday for H-1B visas next year, kicking off what has become a mad scramble for the 85,000 slots highly coveted by American tech companies.
The moves seemed designed to appease President Trump’s supporters, who urged him to make good on campaign promises to eviscerate the H-1B program, saying it sparked unfair competition with American workers. They were hoping for major reforms before the H-1B application process began this week but said Mr. Trump failed.
‘Personally, I am still waiting for the president to just tell us his plan and tell us he cares about this issue. The silence and inaction, together, make it hard for me to believe the president is still on the side of the American worker as it relates to H-1B visas, outsourcing and offshoring,’ said Sara Blackwell, a Florida lawyer who has represented employees who lost jobs to H-1B visa holders.
She campaigned with Mr. Trump last year, believing she had found a champion for workers, but now says the president has disappointed her by allowing the H-1B application process to kick off without reforms. No one wins but the billionaires’ she said.”
Perhaps some foreign H-1B visas have more experience with certain skilled professions, but the ideology is to train here in America first, and in the long run it will pay for itself.
Their intention isn’t to intentionally discriminate against immigrants with work visas, but to take care of Americans – first. After all, President Trump’s wife, Melania, was also an H-1B visa in the 90’s.
But it was abused under the Obama administration.
The Washington Times continued:
“Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, followed that path, claiming an H-1B visa in the 1990s as a fashion model and eventually winning a green card signaling legal permanent residency.
The application process is considered a good yardstick of the health of the American high-end economy. Years when the applications are snapped up quickly are projected to be strong economically.
Over the past couple of years, more than 230,000 applications were filed in just the first few days. USCIS shut off applications after only a week and resorted to a lottery system to pick the eventual winners.
Computer programmers and other tech workers complain that companies use H-1B workers from Asia to undercut Americans — going so far as to lay off U.S. workers and forcing them to train their foreign replacements who are hired for far less pay.
Stories like that spurred the Obama administration to open an investigation into H-1B abuses, but officials reportedly closed it last year without bringing charges against anyone.
The new administration is promising more scrutiny.
USCIS promised to continue random site visits to make sure companies that use H-1B workers are abiding by the rules, and the agency invited American workers to file complaints if they are undercut.
Companies that rely heavily on H-1B workers will shoot up the priority list for audits, USCIS said.”
It’s about time we have an administration investigating the violators of a country that has been so kind to them. Enough is enough.