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On April 19, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order instructing every agency and department to conduct a comprehensive assessment aimed at strengthening Buy American and hire American policies. Section 2 of the order provides that, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” With regard to the second of these principles, the order provides that, “In order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad[.]” The order directs agency heads to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system, including through the prevention of fraud or abuse,” and to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.”
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