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Trump Administration Just Gave Bad News to Companies That Don’t ‘Hire American’

After months of the Department of Justice issuing warnings to U.S. companies not to put American workers at a disadvantage, the DOJ has finally decided to back up that warning with actions.

The DOJ announced it has filed a suit against Crop Production – a Colorado-based company – on grounds of discrimination against U.S. workers to hire temporary foreign visa holders.

According to the DOJ site, the company “discriminated against at least three United States citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in El Campo, Texas.”

The complaint further alleges that the “U.S. workers were subject to a more ‘onerous hiring process’ than the H-2A workers, such as drug tests, background tests and English proficiency.”

This act flies directly in the face of President Trump’s executive order to buy and hire American.

According to the New York Post, the company is being “hit with an alleged violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes it unlawful for employers to intentionally discriminate against Americans because of … citizenship.”

Under the INA, it’s unlawful for employers to intentionally discriminate against U.S. workers in favor of temporary foreign workers. In fact, the H-2A visa program requires employers to hire and recruit qualified U.S. workers before that of foreign workers.

The DOJ suit, if successful, will have the company giving those workers back pay and civil penalties, plus the implementation of other measures to overcome this form of discrimination.

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

“Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad.”

The suit is the first complaint filed since the “Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative” was launched on March 1.

According to Fox News, since the initiative’s launch, the division has opened 29 investigations of “potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers.”