On April 18, President Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American" (the Order), which declares the Executive branch's policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad. The Order is keeping with President Trump's campaign promises regarding hiring American workers and promoting U.S. manufacturing, and signals a renewed focus on domestic sourcing requirements as well as the likelihood of greater restrictions on work visas for non-U.S. citizens.
Overview. For U.S. government contractors, the Order's bite comes from its commitment to the "immediate enforcement and assessment of domestic preferences according to the Buy American Laws." As used in the Order, the term "Buy American Laws" is broad and includes "all statutes, regulations, rules, and Executive Orders relating to Federal procurement or Federal grants including those that refer to 'Buy America' or 'Buy American' that require, or provide a preference for, the purchase or acquisition of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States, including iron, steel, and manufactured goods."
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