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Trump’s Hire American Order Could Be Good for Employers

April 19, 2017, 5:43 PM

President Donald Trump’s latest immigration-related executive order could be a boon for most employers.

The “Buy American and Hire American” order, signed April 18, calls on the heads of various agencies to ensure that temporary visas for skilled workers are awarded to “the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” H-1B visas currently are handed out according to the results of a random lottery.

“Right now the biggest problem that employers have with the H-1B program is just the lack of H-1Bs,” immigration attorney Sam Adair of Graham Adair in San Jose, Calif., told Bloomberg BNA April 19. “If we’re able to...

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