Barack Obama demonstrated his disdain for Americans when he expanded the H-1B visa program to allow more foreigners to come and take jobs away from American citizens. This resulted in some companies laying off hundreds of American workers, only to replace them with cheaper H-1B visa foreigners. President Trump is planning to tightened the H-1B visa program to reduce the number of foreigners taking American jobs.
Tighter restrictions on skilled worker visas to the U.S. could come via both executive action by President Donald Trump and via Congressional moves, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.
Indian IT services firms are already girding for possible changes to the H-1B program, which they use to send tens of thousands of workers to the U.S. annually.
While a significant shakeup of the visa program would likely need to be approved by Congress, President Trump could use an executive directive to take steps like ending a provision announced in 2014 that allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the U.S, as The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
President Trump on Friday issued a controversial executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, which immediately resulted in the detention of passengers at U.S. airports.