The H-1B program has long been the subject of criticism. Many have argued that the program has been
used to support outsourcing of jobs that could be performed by Americans.
it is framed in very general terms, President Trump’s latest Presidential
Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, signed on April 18, 2017, signals
that this administration would like to overhaul the H-1B program. The Order directs the Secretary of State, the
Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland
Security to “suggest reforms to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the
most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries”, to issue new rules and
guidance to “protect the interests of United States workers”, and to “prevent
fraud or abuse” of the immigration system.