Donald Trump Zig-Zags on ‘Hire American’ Promise

Breitbart | 1/8/2019 | Staff
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President Donald Trump told reporters he wants technology companies to import and hire more foreign graduates for prestigious white-collar jobs sought by American graduates.

But Trump also used the same press conference to celebrate the rising blue-collar wages caused by his “Hire American” policies in his expanding economy. Those policies are pressuring companies to hire Americans instead of imported visa-workers or cheap illegal migrants.

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The zig-zag policy comes as the rising blue-collar wages boost Trump’s Midwest ratings for 2020, while the stalled white-collar salaries hurt his suburban ratings in 2018 and 2020.

If Trump allows Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Intel, and other leading-edge companies to hire even more foreign graduates, they will hire fewer American graduates and pay them less before the 2020 election.

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“It is contradictory that Trump wants to raise wages for American and also bring in more workers who will cut salaries,” an American technology professional told Breitbart News. “It is political suicide … because the tech workers believed [in 2016] he was the only one who stood up for them,” said the professional, who fears he will be blackballed by major companies’ subcontractors if his identity is revealed.

In the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to reform the H-1B program. Since then, business-first appointees in his administration have blocked proposed reforms by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Companies use various visa worker programs to keep roughly 1.5 million non-immigrant foreign graduates in the United States. Many of those foreign workers are employed by small contracting firms to fill a series of short-term contracts, so minimizing the major companies’ payroll costs.

Trump’s showed his zig-zag policy in the January 4 press conference just after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that wages rose by 0.4 percent in January, setting the stage for a 4 percent rise in...
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