December 9, 2016 / 9:39 PM / 8 months ago

Trump says to stop visa abuses that undermine U.S. workers

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., December 9, 2016.Mike Segar

BATON ROUGE, La (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday pledged to stop companies from abusing the visa process for foreign workers in a way that undermines the labour market for Americans.

Speaking at a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Trump said he had spent time during the presidential campaign with workers who were laid off but forced to train foreign hires brought in to replace them.

"That's actually demeaning," Trump said. "We're not going to let that happen any more."

Without naming companies, he said firms would withhold severance pay from the workers unless they trained their foreign replacements.

"One of my first executive orders will be to ask the Department of Labor to investigate all visa abuses that undermine jobs and wages to the American worker," he said.

Reporting by Steve Holland in Baton Rouge; Additional reporting by Jason Lange in Washington; Editing by Alistair Bell

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