Per FoxBusiness, President Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning federal agencies from firing American citizens or green card holders and hiring foreign workers to do their jobs.
The executive order was first reported on by Bloomberg. According to the outlet, the order would put federal contractors that use H-1B visas for high-skilled jobs under increased scrutiny.
“Today, I am signing an executive order to ensure that the Federal government lives by a very simple rule: hire American,” Trump said at the signing event.
JusttheNews reports the order, which the White House is calling the Executive Order on Hiring American, challenges federal contractors’ use of H-1B visas to bring in temporary foreign labor for high-skilled jobs rather than relying on American workers
“This Executive Order follows his Buy American, Hire American Executive Order from April 2017 and takes further action to prevent Americans from being displaced by foreign workers,” the White House said in a statement released Monday. “Under President Trump’s leadership, the firing of hardworking Americans in the pursuit of cheap foreign labor will not be tolerated.”
Trump’s action was in part to prevent the outsourcing of jobs at the Tennessee Valley Authority, the federally owned corporation created by congressional charter in 1933 to provide electricity, economic development and other essential services to the region.
At the White House signing ceremony Monday, Trump said he’s pushing for the removal of authority CEO Jeff Lyash and called on its board to make sure Lyash “does not receive a lavish compensation package upon his departure too.”
“He gets $8 million a year, so that was just a succession of deep swamp things happening, and it’s a disgrace,” Trump said. “So let this serve as a warning to any federally appointed board. If you betray American workers, then you will hear two simple words, ‘You’re fired.'”
Lyash almost immediately after the order signing contacted the White House, saying he wanted to settle the labor dispute. But Trump nevertheless fired Lyash, according to the Associated Press.
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