Monday, August 3, 2020
Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers
Another day, another immigration executive order. Section 1 of the Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers reads:
"It is the policy of the executive branch to create opportunities for United States workers to compete for jobs, including jobs created through Federal contracts. These opportunities, particularly in regions where the Federal Government remains the largest employer, are especially critical during the economic dislocation caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When employers trade American jobs for temporary foreign labor, for example, it reduces opportunities for United States workers in a manner inconsistent with the role guest-worker programs are meant to play in the Nation’s economy."
The American Immigration Lawyers Association noted that the executive order "direct[ed] federal agencies to review federal contracts; assess any negative impact of contractors’ use of temporary foreign labor or offshoring of work on U.S. workers; and to take corrective action, if necessary.
The executive order also directs the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security to take action, within 45 days, `to protect United States workers from any adverse effects on wages and working conditions caused by the employment of H-1B visa holders at job sites (including third-party job sites) . . . .'"
The New Indian Express commented that the executive order constituted "a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market . . . . The move came over a month after the Trump administration in June 23 suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year."