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Trump bars U.S. agencies from outsourcing jobs to foreign workers

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that does not allow federal government agencies to displace American nationals and citizens with foreign workers. It is also prohibiting American employers from using H-1B workers to displace Americans in outsourcing contracts.

The White House said that the order will “create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on “United States labour in lucrative Federal contracts as it will be “unfair” for federal government agencies to replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries.”

The executive order is also including the Department of Labor, which is responsible to ensure that the process of hiring foreign workers would be free and fair, So as to not have bias against foreign members of society and American citizens. They also help to prevent H-1B employers from moving these workers to other employers’ job sites to displace Americans workers, in “third-party locations”, outsourcing foreign workers on H-1B and also to hold illegal immigrants against their will due to blackmail.

The White House said in a statement that the order will “create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on United States labor in Federal contracts” as it will be “unfair” for federal government agencies to “replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries”.

The is aa extension of the April 2017 “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that unleashed a series of ongoing steps and measures bringing unprecedented scrutiny and tightening of the H-1B visa program that has been in contempt of the administration’s immigration hardliners.

Indians that were hired by US companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon and US subsidiaries of Indian IT forms Infosys, TCS and Wipro are the largest beneficiaries of the H-1B visa program, accounting for more than 70% of the 85,000 that are issued every year and they might be seeing a huge cut in the working force in the near future.

Donald Trumps “make in America” sentiment is still never wavering, however it is with the cost of the livelihoods of countless lives currently living in the United States.


Reporter: Adithi S

Bangalore, India | epicenter.newsmedia@gmail.com

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