During a scheduled trip to Wisconsin Tuesday, President Trump will sign a long-awaited executive order that aims to address fraud and abuse in the visa program tech companies use to hire high-skilled foreign workers. As a candidate, Trump vowed to kill the H-1B visa, calling it “very, very bad for workers.” Tech industry leaders, who have pushed for more H-1B visas, found the president’s threats troubling and vague. For anyone seeking clarity, tomorrow’s executive order seems to offer more questions than answers.
The “Buy American, Hire American” order seeks to reform both immigration and federal procurement. The latter pushes for policies that would prioritize American-made materials in government construction and manufacturing programs. But for Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, some of the most prominent technologists championing the H-1B visa program, the part dealing with prioritizing American workers will hold the most interest. They’re among the long list of CEOs who have argued for years that they need these visas to fill a serious tech talent shortage in the country. Opponents of the program argue that some tech firms merely use these visas as an excuse to hire cheap foreign labor. […]
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Trump’s Executive Order Won’t Give Tech Clarity on H-1B Visas