The week is starting off with a great move by President Trump to put American workers first.
Today, the president moved to stop federal agencies from dismissing U.S. citizens or green card holders and replacing them with foreign workers.
He also blasted a major state enterprise for having done so.
The new executive order President Trump signed today increases scrutiny of federal contractors’ use of H-1B visas to bring in foreign labor for high-skilled jobs. This squeezes out the American worker who has even been ordered to train their foreign replacement.
It all started with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s announcement in June that it’s laying off IT workers as it outsources work to foreign labor.
Trump called TVA CEO Jeff Lyash’s outsourcing decision “disastrous and heartless.”
Immediately after President Trump’s remarks, the CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority signaled a willingness to reverse a terrible decision that would have ousted 200+ highly skilled American workers and replaced them with lower-wage foreign workers.
Immediately after President Trump's remarks, the CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority signaled willingness to reverse a terrible decision that would have ousted 200+ highly skilled American workers and replaced them with lower-wage foreign workers. pic.twitter.com/1aAYpUNxmP
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 3, 2020
According to Bloomberg News, Trump’s new executive order requires federal agencies to give preference to U.S. residents and green card holders for contract positions, just as they would for full-time roles, the official said on condition of anonymity. The order also will prompt a study to determine how many federal jobs are held by foreign visa holders.