Trump’s 'America First' Campaign And How It Could Help Diversity In Campuses [Video]By Audri Taylors, UniversityHerald Reporter
College students from the country's historically black colleges could benefit from President Donald Trump's "America First" campaign where he gives more favor to American companies and implement reforms on the visa programs of foreign technical workers.
It was Tuesday when President Trump signed an order which calls for changes to be implemented on the visa programs issued to foreign technical workers, The New York Times reported. While the order is expected to affect most foreign workers from technology outsourcing firms, science and technology students at the nation's historically black colleges could be the one to reap its benefits.
Leaders and advocates for historically black colleges and universities have been looking at the trend and have been monitoring the immigration and jobs debate and foreseeing that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates from HBCU schools are the ones who could fill in the jobs that are currently being given to foreign workers, The News Observer reported.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who hosted a gathering of black college presidents in Washington said that the president's order has the potential to help some of the HBCU graduates and that it can be a good thing.
The order signed by Trump was dubbed "Buy American, Hire American" which tells the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to come up and implement new rules that will help prevent fraud and abuse in the immigration. One of the goals of the order is to tackle the H-1B visa program, which admits 85,000 immigrants each year to work in technical jobs that according to companies are difficult to be filled in by Americans.
Trump wanted to insist that H-1B visas should only include the most skilled and highest paid applicants, and that it should never be used to replace American workers.