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Trump signs order on high-skilled worker visas

President Donald Trump tours the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. with Chief Executive Officer Nicholas T. Pinchuk, right, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. From left are, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the president, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pinchuk. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S.

The order Trump signed at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc. targets the H-1B visa program. The White House says the program undercuts American workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper foreign workers, which drives down U.S. wages.

The order directs U.S. agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program.

Agencies are also being asked to suggest changes so that H-1B visas are granted to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants."

Trump says the order sends a "powerful signal to the world" that the U.S. will defend its workers, protect their jobs and put America first.

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