WASINGTON: US President Donald Trump's next target in his administration's immigration policy will focus on work-visa programs that tech companies rely on to hire tens of thousands of workers each year, according to a damning report by Bloomberg.
The executive order is still a draft, according to the report, but if enacted, it could mean major overhauls in the way tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon recruit their employees. Under the order, companies would have to prioritize hiring American workers, and if they must hire foreign workers, then they must prioritize the most highly compensated, according to the report.
The new order affects a number of visa programs including H-1B, L-1, E-2, and B1. H-1B visas that are commonly used among tech companies to recruit high-skilled workers from overseas when they can't find domestic talent to fill positions.
"Our country's immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest," the draft says, according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg.
"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," the draft states.