U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to ask for changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the U.S. to fill high-skilled jobs. Ryan Brooks reports.
Donald Trump taking on outsourcing Tuesday (April 18). The U.S. president set to sign an executive order to revamp the H-1B visa program, a move to fight what his administration calls "fraud and abuse" in the immigration system. Trump has pledged to put more Americans in U.S. jobs, and reduce the need for talent from abroad. The H-1B program allows companies to look overseas for workers to fill jobs. It works on a lottery basis, and aims to recruit foreign nationals in "specialty" roles that require higher education from scientists to computer programmers. Trump officials say as the system works now, foreign workers are brought in at less pay to replace Americans. H-1B is widely used in the tech industry, with supported by global players including Apple and Google. And while filings show 15 percent of Facebook's workforce used a temporary visa last year, a majority are given to outsourcing firms, which critics say flood the lottery with mass applications to fill low-level IT roles. Tuesday's order will be the latest attempt by the President to fulfill his "America First" campaign pledges. As the clock ticks down to 100 days in office, Trump has no major legislative victories to speak of. Instead he's slapped down a flurry of executive orders to roll out reform.