Graphic by Abigail Sosa

 

Simon Vaillancourt
NEWS EDITOR
@scvCrusader

 

International affairs and intervention has always been a topic of debate amongst the citizens in the United States. In 1916, the foreign policy, “America First,” began under President Woodrow Wilson in an attempt to keep the United States out of the war in Europe. With rapid globalization and military intervention, the US is seeing a revival of this political ideology. Many are worried that President Donald Trump’s policy of serving “America First” will disadvantage the rest of the world, but they fail to recognize the importance of serving the nation’s constituents as outsourcing and insourcing increases.

During President Trump’s campaign, he promised the silent majority of citizens that he would bring jobs back to the United States. Economic globalization and a lack of protection in the economy has led to 5 million jobs being outsourced since 2000 according to the U.S Department of Labor. The companies are attempting to avoid corporate tax and use cheap labor to boost profits, but hurting Americans in the process

It was this strategic campaign promise that led to Donald Trump’s presidential victory. He secured the electoral votes of almost every state in the “Rustbelt.” A prominent area of industry in the upper midwest that has seen a dramatic decline in employment as jobs disappear due to economic programs like North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA has allowed major industries, like car manufacturers, to leave the United States exploit cheap labor in Mexico.

President Trump signed a key executive order on April 18, 2017 titled, “Buy American and Hire American.” The order makes great strides in boosting the domestic economy by buying American made goods and hiring American citizens for labor purposes. In addition, he plans on reforming the H-1B visa system, the nonimmigrant vista system that lets companies bring over foreign nationals to work for them. The current system has allowed companies to hire large amounts of these foreign nationals with expertise in a certain area for cheaper than what an average American would be paid.

The hope is that by reforming the system, more companies will move industries back into the United States and hire Americans with specialties, to reduce unemployment rates and stimulate the economy. It is cheaper for the companies to hire foreign nationals, however by hiring American workers more money will be going back directly into the economy, benefitting all of society as well as the federal government.

This is just the first step in a long time of executive decisions by President Trump to strengthen the economy at home. His next step is to reform NAFTA with Mexico and Canada to limit outsourcing to those nations. The corporate tax in the United States has reached such a high that it is becoming nearly impossible for small businesses to become large ones without going internationally for cheap labor.

There is no reason to believe that the concept of “America First” is going to ruin the United States standing with other nations. We are one of the only nations that has been lenient with allowing companies to go overseas and it has hurt the people. When unemployment is rising, when people are upset and when the blame falls on the government, the citizens of the United States will fight for what they want—a strong domestic economy.