Trump orders visa and government purchase reforms

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In a blow to Indian IT industry and professionals, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop its "abuse" and ensure that the visas are given to the "most-skilled or highest paid" petitioners.

Trump and other critics of the program say it is abused by those Indian firms, who - they claim - flood the visa lottery with applications and then send workers to the USA on salaries that undercut their American counterparts. Trump now has a 41 percent approval rating in the state.

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A majority of them work in the tech sector - some for USA firms, others for Indian outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, who provide services for huge swathes of corporate America. The officials said that not only the foreign workers displace American workers, but also undercut wages.

Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in various industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation.

Additionally, it asked them to propose new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas.

The officials also said that 80 percent of the H1-B visa petitioners who enter the U.S. under the current visa programme are paid less than the median wage workers in their field.

"The policy of our government", Trump declared, "is to aggressively promote and use American-made goods".

United States is the not the only country to have tightened its visa rules. Specifically, they would look into whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by companies outside the US and whether it undercuts American companies on a global playing field. The waivers could be renegotiated or revoked if they are not perceived as benefiting the United States.

There weren't any arrests, but plenty of arguments between people supporting President Trump and those who turned out to protest him in Kenosha yesterday.

Meanwhile, some USA lawmakers said the executive order signed by Trump calling for a review of H-1B visas was too little and too late.

As a candidate, Trump often assailed the H-1B visa program, under which the government admits 85,000 immigrants each year. Reports state that the order will not affect other such guest worker visas like the H-2B seasonal worker visa used by U.S. farms and agriculturists and Trump's own resorts. Many Trump-branded products, such as clothing, are made overseas.

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