By Kathleen O’Brien
April 19, 2017
President Donald Trump visited a tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha, Wis., to tout upcoming changes in a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Susan Walsh)
About 85,000 jobs in New Jersey are held by foreign workers who are here on H-1B visas – a category now being targeted by President Trump.
On Tuesday, the president ordered a crackdown on U.S. tech companies that he said may be gaming the system by falsely claiming they face a shortage of qualified American job applicants.
“The Buy and Hire American order I’m about to sign will protect workers and students like you,” Trump told a crowd at the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer, on a visit Tuesday. “It’s America first, you better believe it. It’s time. It’s time, right?”
The H-1B program is open to applicants in a wide category of occupations, including architects and professors. It’s meant for jobs requiring specialty skills that companies claim cannot be filled easily by a U.S. worker. It differs from the visas issued to migrant farm workers, seasonal help, or visiting scholars, athletes or entertainers.