President Trump issued an Executive Order signed in June that provides for the suspension of a work visa system that allowed companies to hire lower-paid foreign workers instead of employing Americans.
The Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security announced on June 10 a change in the law governing H-1B visas, H-4 visas, H-2B visas, L visas, and J-1 visas aimed at reordering the use of qualified foreign workers by local businesses, seeking to prioritize U.S. jobs amid the economic crisis caused by the CCP Virus pandemic.
The regulations significantly increased the minimum wage that businesses must pay to workers hired through the H-1B visa program. It also limited the definition of “specialty occupations” eligible for these types of visas.
As reported by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration, the ultimate goal is to help American workers remain competitive in the labor market. By promoting that foreigners who are hired for this type of visa are hired for their skills and not merely reducing employers’ costs.
The order was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, but President Trump decided to step in and extend the order, in principle, until March 31. President Trump’s goal remains to prioritize U.S. jobs, rather than allowing companies to import foreign workers on visas in a troubled labor market.
The pandemic caused by the CCP Virus has generated significant economic instability in the United States and most parts of the world. Added to this are the policies of Democrats and leftists, who seek to spread fear and chaos in order to shut down society, deepening the weakness of the economies.
The extension of the order says: “The effects of COVID-19 on the United States labor market and on the health of American communities is a matter of ongoing national concern, and the considerations present in Proclamations 10014 and 10052 have not been eliminated.”
He continued, “… while therapeutics and vaccines are recently available for an increasing number of Americans, their effect on the labor market and community health has not yet been fully realized. Moreover, actions such as States’ continued imposition of restrictions on businesses still affect the number of workers that can be hired as compared with February of 2020.”
Faced with these arguments, President Trump decided to extend the Executive Orders until March 2021.
Kevin Lynn of the U.S. Tech Workers represents Americans whose jobs have been outsourced and sent offshore by visa programs, called Trump’s decision “great news” during “a time of severe economic depression,” Breitbart reported.
Each year, the United States admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants with green cards to settle permanently in the country. In addition, another 1.4 million foreign workers with visas are admitted each year to work in the United States.
While, thanks to the policies of the Trump administration, the economy is recovering by significant steps after months of confinement, Democratic state policies are still pulling the economy back and slowing the overall growth process.
This means that there are still large numbers of Americans looking for jobs that should not be replaced by immigrants, simply because employers are lowering their costs by hiring foreigners.