By: Santiago J. Padilla, Esq.
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order, "Buy American and Hire American" which appears to target several immigration programs used by U.S. businesses. For example, in the "Hire American" portion of the order, President Trump is directing the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State to review the current laws with respect to the H-1B professional employee program and suggest changes so that the most skilled and highest paid positions will be given priority. President Trump also directed the federal agencies to review all employment based visa programs to crack down on fraud and abuse in order to protect U.S. workers.
Nevertheless, the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"), of which I am a member, stated that the changes suggested by President Trump will not have immediate impacts because the changes suggested would require legislative action or rulemaking and it would take time to go through the necessary processes.