President Donald Trump will be keeping a big campaign promise today.
One of the signature calls of his campaign was to help the American worker and American businesses.
Today, he’s signing an executive order intended to do just that.
From Free Beacon:
President Trump will sign a Buy American, Hire American executive order on Tuesday that will attempt to protect the American worker by enforcing immigration laws so that these workers can benefit from higher wages and greater employment as well as cutting out unfair trade practices.
The first part of the order—Buy American—is based on the twin pillars of maximizing “Made in America” content and minimizing waivers and exceptions of Buy American laws.
They’re going to review everything to determine where this has not been applied properly.
“Every agency and department of government will conduct a top to bottom assessment aimed squarely at cracking down on weak monitoring, enforcement and compliance efforts and at rooting out every single Buy American loophole,” said a senior administration official. “The cecretary of Commerce will coordinate these agency efforts vetted by the president on how to properly close these loopholes. For the first time the Buy American bidding process will take into account the flagrant use unfair trade practices.”
The executive order tasks the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross to review all the information and make recommendations to the President within 220 days.
This will help guide future action and legislative recommendations.
They intend to look at whether waivers of this requirement in free trade agreements has been a positive or negative for the United States, and if negative, they intend to renegotiate the deals, an area the President thinks is one of his specialities.
The order also deals with the Hire American rules, which they believe have gone unenforced or been abused.
“This executive order will call for the strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the United States of labor from abroad for the stated purpose of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States,” the official said. “The executive order will further call on Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse, which should be understood as separate problems, in our immigration system in order to protect workers in the United States and their economic conditions.”
One of the major problems that people have pointed to is with the H-1B visa program.
The order intends to see that those visas are now awarded to the most skilled, which of course was the original purpose of the program, instead awarding them by random lottery which is how they are presently awarded.
That will then make it harder to replace American workers for cheap labor as has been the complaint in the past.
Sounds like a great boon to American workers and businesses…