Trump Signs "Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order

04/19/2017

Yesterday afternoon President Trump signed an Executive Order ("EO") called, "Buy American and Hire American" during his visit to the headquarters of Snap-on Tools in Wisconsin. In speaking at the event, the President said, "We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first." He then claimed there is widespread abuse of the H-1B program and said reform is long overdue.

The President's EO defines "Hire American" as follows: "In order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad..."

The EO then instructs the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, and Homeland Security to "propose new rules and issue new guidance... to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system, including through the prevention of fraud or abuse". Additionally, in a reference to the existing H-1B lottery system, it calls for the same departments to "suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries".

Please contact your Goel & Anderson attorney if you have any questions about how these developments could affect your organization.

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