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Germans Attack Trump Foreign Worker Plan

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Donald Trump made a pledge to restrict foreign labor a mainstay of his election campaign.

  • Facts

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    • The US government admits 85,000 immigrants each year under its H1-B visa program, which mostly attracts workers from the high-tech sector.
    • Mr. Trump says the program is used by companies to replace Americans with foreign workers and wants to tighten it up.
    • There are an estimated 700,000 people in the US working for German companies.
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Germany has cried foul over a move by Donald Trump to make it more difficult for American companies to hire foreign workers.

After the US President signed an executive order requiring applicants and employers to demonstrate that jobs were only going to those with the highest qualifications, the German economy ministry came out with a statement against the decree.

“If the visa waiving practice is reserved specifically for highly skilled workers, this could affect a number of companies with offices in the US,” a spokesperson said.

The ministry also criticized the fact that German companies, like other foreign firms, are already excluded from some public contracts in the US due to existing “Buy American” laws. The new order does nothing to change or intensify those rules, but the ministry said: “It remains to be seen which additional measures will follow.”

Germany’s business community has also attacked the move. Achim Dercks, the deputy chief executive of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), said there were some 700,000 people in the US working for German companies.

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