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Trump Directs Review of H-1B Visas

Trump is expected to sign the order during a visit to the Snap-on tool company in Kenosha, Wis.

"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong", the president said during a speech in Wisconsin.

India has a message for President Trump: Curbing visas for skilled workers won't solve America's problems. "Workers are often brought in well below market rates to replace American workers", the official said.

Trump said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.

Trump as a candidate threatened to eliminate the program, saying it takes jobs from American workers and drives wages down. "Does that make sense?" said the USA president.

Trump also added that, "The optimism in this room is the same incredible spirit that is sweeping across the country, and it's even greater than that great day in November when I won the state of Wisconsin and we won the presidency".

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American jobs need to be protected and this executive order seems like a good step. "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".

The order also asks several leaders in the Trump administration to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program.

Even as fewer applicants line up for high-skilled immigration visas, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday directing a review of the program.

"The current campaign to discredit our sector is driven by persistent myths, such as the ideas that H-1B visa holders are "cheap labor" and "displace American workers" who 'train their replacements, ' none of which is accurate", the Indian industry association said.

The administration announced that it will suspend "premium processing", a process where US employers will be expected to wait several months before the H-1B foreign workers can enter the country. Applications for the H-1B visas decreased for the first time in five years according to CNN Money, though the total number of visas that will be distributed, 85,000, is fixed. This year, 199,000 applications were received, CNN reported.

Betsy Lawrence, the director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told CNN that, "Although released with ceremonial flair, the order will have no immediate impact on H-1Bs".

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The Trump administration rolled out policy shifts earlier this month to begin cracking down on the H-1B visa system.

Under Trump's order, part of a "Buy American/Hire American" plan, government agencies are being directed to review their procurement practices and require that exceptions to the "buy American" rules be approved by the heads of those agencies.

"This does nothing", said Senator Charles Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader.

As he nears the 100-day benchmark of his presidency, Trump has no major legislative achievements to tout but has used executive orders to seek regulatory changes to help the USA economy. It's not going to fix the problem.

The order targets the H1-B visa program, which allows companies to employ graduate level workers in specialty occupations like IT, engineering, mathematics and science. Dick Durbin and Iowa Republican Sen.

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