The White House emphasizes that it will not tolerate the replacement of Americans with cheap foreign labor.
US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an Executive order on priority hiring of Americans, designed to prevent the replacement of American workers with foreign ones. As emphasized in the White House statement, the Trump administration “will not tolerate the dismissal of hard-working Americans in the pursuit of cheap foreign labor.”
“We are convinced that jobs should first be offered to Americans,” the President said.
The decree directs Federal agencies to give preference to Americans in the distribution of lucrative Federal contracts. “It would be unfair for Federal employers to replace qualified Americans with workers from other countries,” the White House said in a statement.
Under the President’s Executive order, all Federal agencies will have to pass an internal audit to make sure that only US citizens are appointed to competitive positions.
The Executive order also aims to combat outsourcing, especially in the face of a pandemic that has put millions of Americans out of work.
The statement mentions a recent decision by the Tennessee River valley authority to outsource 20 percent of jobs in the technology sector. According to the administration, this decision could lead to more than 200 qualified Americans being replaced by foreign workers with temporary work visas, and the local economy losing tens of millions of dollars over the next five years. According to the White House, given the widespread theft of intellectual property, outsourcing in the IT sector can pose a threat to national security.
“During the pandemic, President Trump kept his promise to put American workers first. While the country is recovering from the effects of the pandemic, President Trump has taken measures to ensure that American workers do not have to stay on the sidelines while they are replaced by new foreign labor, the White House said. “To protect jobs for Americans, President Trump has suspended the admission of new immigrants to the country on a number of visa categories.”
In particular, the President initiated reforms to the H-1B visa program in order to prioritize high-paid workers and close loopholes so that American workers are not displaced by cheap foreign labor.
Recall that in April 2017, Trump signed the decree Hire American Buy American, pursuing a similar goal.
The President has repeatedly stressed the need to create and maintain jobs in the country. “By creating jobs, we are transforming people’s lives,” he said, speaking at the Economic Club of New York in November 2019.