President Donald Trump is heading to Wisconsin on Tuesday to sign an executive order that seeks to tighten enforcement and perhaps reform a visa program that allows companies to hire highly skilled workers.
Reports out of Washington said Trump planned to sign an order called “Buy American, Hire American” at the Kenosha headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA).
The order calls for strict enforcement laws governing entry into the United States of foreign workers "for the stated purpose of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States," a senior official told reporters.
The order calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for the purposes of reforming it.
Under the executive order, the departments of State, Justice, Labor and Homeland Security will take action to crack down on "fraud and abuse," but falls far short of Trump’s declaration to eliminate the H-1B altogether.
The H-1B is a temporary work permit that can last a maximum of six years. Companies in the technology sector in particular rely on guest workers using the H-1B visas.
The government uses an annual lottery to award visas to about 65,000 workers, mostly computer programmers, engineers and scientists.
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