In fulfillment of yet another strong campaign promise, President Trump is giving priority to Americans for jobs in this country. #AmericaFirst in action. The Department of Justice and Department Homeland Security are now working together to prevent U.S. companies from hiring foreign workers over qualified US workers.
Both concerned agencies made the announcement on Friday. The said formidable collaboration is looking at quickly identifying employers who discriminate against U.S. workers by hiring foreign visa workers, as well as determining the immigrants who commit fraud to get hired.
The agencies concerned also emphasized that hiring foreign visa workers over qualified U.S. workers could be illegal. In fact, the Justice Department has already filed one lawsuit and reached a settlement with two employers since the Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative was launched last year.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division said: “In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, today’s partnership adds to the Civil Rights Division’s tools to stop employers from discriminating against U.S. workers by favoring foreign visa workers.”
Gore also added: “The Division also looks forward to expanding its partnerships with USCIS to hold accountable employers that discriminate against U.S. workers based on their citizenship status.”
President Trump signed on April 18 last year the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering U.S. immigration laws.
The Executive Order also directs DHS, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.