Executive Action: Buy American and Hire American

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On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order titled “Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.” Section 14 of the executive order revokes several previous executive orders, including Executive Order 13788, “Buy American and Hire American.” Read AILA's Practice Alert for more information:

On 4/18/17, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled "Buy American, Hire American." The stated purpose of the "Hire American" portion of the order is to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers, and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering the laws governing entry into the United States of foreign workers.

In an effort to advance his "Hire American" policy, President Trump directed the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security, as well as the Attorney General, to propose new rules and issue new guidance to protect the interests of U.S. workers in the administration of our immigration system. In particular, President Trump highlighted the H-1B visa program, directing the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security, as well as the Attorney General, to suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled and highest-paid beneficiaries.

Read the President's Executive Order:

AILA's Statements and Resources

Speak Out in Support of the H-1B Visa Program

AILA members are encouraged to ask their business clients, who have utilized the H-1B program successfully and responsibly, to send a letter to their members of Congress discussing the value and importance of the H-1B visa program. Members can utilize the following template letter as a guide:

  • AILA Member Talking Points on "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order - April 18, 2017

Government Announcements

USCIS H-1B Data and Statistics

Policy Briefs and Other Resources

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17052537.