Trump To Target H-1B Visas Used By Tech Companies In New Executive Order

Battle Between Tech Company CEOs And Trump Administration Will Intensify

It is being reported that Donald Trump will target the H-1B Visa – used by tech companies to hire many thousands of workers every year – in an upcoming executive order.

The tech community says the H-1B is used to find high skilled foreign workers when American workers cannot be found.

According to a draft copy reported by Bloomberg, the order says in part, “Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”

This will add to tensions between the tech community – increasingly speaking out against Trump’s immigration executive order – and the Trump Administration.

While Peter Thiel and Elon Musk have been courted by Trump (Thiel spoke on Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention), much of the tech community remains wary of Trump due to their silicon valley staff’s political views.

That said, while the tech community will be upset about any potential change to the H-1B Visa program, Trump’s supporters will be glad to see any effort aimed at ensuring more jobs for Americans.

This is in keeping with Trump’s actions so far. Despite the controversy he is creating, he is doing what he said he would do during the campaign. This will help him consolidate support amongst his political base, though it is intensifying opposition as well.

Now, Trump’s upcoming executive orders will add another fight to America’s political battles.

Spencer Fernando

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