President Trump will sign a pair of executive orders on Tuesday which are intended to bolster “buy American” and “hire American” initiatives.
White House officials, speaking off-the-record, told reporters that the existing rules have gotten “diluted over time” and no longer serve their intended purpose.
The first order will call on the Labor Department to strictly monitor H1-B visas for high-skilled workers. Instead of lax restrictions, the visa system will be adjusted to prioritize the most highly skilled foreign workers. The goal is to make those workers more pricey to hire, and therefore less attractive for companies.
The second calls on federal agencies to “more narrowly construe” the public interest provisions of federal contracting. Agencies will be told to consider whether the contract applicants are using materials such as steel purchased from U.S. sources, or bargain materials “dumped” on the U.S. by outside companies.