In a major blow to U.S. job market eye-catching Indian IT professionals, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday banning federal agencies from recruiting or subcontracting foreign employees — especially those on H-1B visas. The move comes about a month after the June 23 Trump administration halted the H-1B visas along with other forms of international work visas to protect American jobs in a critical election year until the end of 2020. The new limits came into force as of 24 June.
The H1B visa, the most sought-after between Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that enables US businesses to hire foreign employees in specialist occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to recruit tens of thousands of workers from countries like India and China each year. Trump said his government would not tolerate firing hard-working Americans in need of cheap foreign labour.
Prominent of them were Sara Blackwell, founder and president of the Florida-based organization Protect US Workers; Jonathan Hicks, a software developer with the Tennessee Valley Authority; and Kevin Lynn, founder of the US Tech Workers based in Pennsylvania.
The executive order allows all federal agencies to conduct an internal audit and determine whether they meet the requirement that only US citizens and nationals be named to the competitive service. As a result, the Labor Department will also finalize rules to prohibit H-1B employers from moving H-1B workers to work sites of other employers to displace American workers.
Trump’s order follows the announcement by the federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). It would outsource 20 per cent of its development jobs to foreign-based firms. The intervention of TVA could lead to the loss of more than 200 highly qualified American tech workers. It is in Tennessee to low-wage, international workers working on temporary work visas, the president said.
Outsourcing hundreds of employees in the midst of a pandemic. It has already cost millions of Americans their jobs is especially harmful, the White House said in a statement. Considering the current environment of rampant theft of intellectual property. Also, outsourcing IT jobs involving classified information could present a risk to national security, it said.
So, Trump’s policies would help curb employers’ abuse of H-1B visas. It is were never meant to substitute qualified American jobs with low-cost foreign labour, as per the White House. One of the participants presents during the order signing. The president that as many as 70 per cents of the H-1B visa goes to Indian nationals. Trump said he supports a merit-based immigration program that brings with it, high-skilled immigrants. Also, who build opportunities within the US and do not take American jobs. The bill signs after the convention, he states.