Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order Resources

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed a “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order (EO), which focused primarily on strengthening the “Buy American” policies of the U.S. government and reforming the H-1B skilled worker visa program. The Administration made it clear that they envisioned the EO as part of a larger immigration reform effort. As a result, multiple sources are reporting that senior Administration staff intend to significantly cut J-1 visas as a part of BAHA EO implementation, despite it never specifically mentioning J-1 visa programs.

However, Congress is sending strong signals regarding its willingness to protect these valuable international exchange programs through initiatives in both the Senate and the House. These measures include a Senate Appropriations Committee directive in the form of a Fiscal Year 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill amendment [Sec. 7034(d)(5)] and House Resolution 529. Bothhave strong bipartisan support in their respective chambers.

LEGISLATION & CONGRESSIONAL LETTERS OF SUPPORT

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