Delivering on a campaign promise, President Trump signed into law an executive order designed to keep American jobs in America.
Standing before a banner with the words “Buy American – Hire American,” President Trump’s executive order is intended to do just that, making it more difficult for foreign workers to apply for visas.
Trump addressed blue collar workers Tuesday in Wisconsin at the headquarters of the toolmaker Snap-on.
Wisconsin, part of the Rust Belt along with Pennsylvania and Ohio and other northeastern states, heavily dependent on manufacturing, has for several years grown increasingly frustrated over the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs.
According to the Washington Post, Trump’s order was the first ever to promote a “Buy American, Hire America” agenda.
“The policy of our government is to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job,” Trump said.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words ‘Made in the USA.’ For too long we’ve watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to faraway lands.”
The order is intended to appeal to Americans from both sides of the aisle. Labor unions, traditionally Democratic, have joined Republicans in supporting the order that is intended to foster growth in various strata of society, from manufacturing jobs to high-tech industries.
The order specifically addresses fraud and abuse in the H-1B visa program, as well as prioritizing American firms and goods in federal projects.
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