President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday that recommends federal agencies revise the temporary visa program that allows foreigners to fill high-skilled jobs in the U.S., senior administration officials told reporters on Monday evening.
Trump will call for the "strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the United States of labor from abroad for the stated purpose of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States," one of the officials said, according to multiple reports.
The businessman-turned-politician cited the "America first" slogan of his campaign. Trump said immigration and related policies should be reformed in ways that help Americans.
The order will affect the Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State departments, urging the parties to find areas of "fraud and abuse" in their use of the program so that American products and workers will have a leg-up in future contracts.
Trump will sign the order following a tour of the Snap-On Tools during his visit to Milwaukee, Wis.
Last year, the government awarded 199,000 H-1B visas. The majority of which were given to outsourcing firms, an area Trump hopes to target with his coming executive action.
One official said it's in this way - where foreign workers are brought in to work for cheaper wages and replace Americans - that the policy is currently "violating the principle of the program."