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President Donald Trump plans to tout his "buy American, hire American" agenda during a stop at Snap-On in Kenosha later today.
NPR reports that Trump will sign a double-barreled executive order that will clamp down on guest worker visas and require agencies to buy more goods and services from U.S. companies and workers.
One order would seek administrative changes that would act to limit the numbers of H-1B visas that can be issued each year. In the past Trump has accused some companies of replacing American I-T workers with foreign-born employees at much cheaper wage rates. The other order will tighten the waivers and exemptions that agencies use to get around procurement laws that favor American-made goods.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer called Snap-on "a prime example of a company that builds American made tools with American workers, for U.S. taxpayers."
Although its headquartered in Kenosha, Snap-On operates around the world. The company has eight manufacturing sites in North America and employs 11,000 people worldwide, according to its website.
Snap-on said in a statement it hopes the visit highlights "the essential nature of American manufacturing to our nation's future."
In addition to highlighting manufacturing, Trump is expected to shine a spotlight on the importance of technical education. Four students who are enrolled in Gateway Technical College's auto mechanics program at the Horizon Center are expected to be present. Snap-On is a strong Gateway partner.
Tuesday afternoon's appearance will be the president's first visit to the state since taking office.
Trump will be in House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional district where he faces low approval ratings in the wake of his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the federal health care law.
Ryan won't be in attendance because he's leading a congressional delegation on an overseas trip this week.
Gov. Scott Walker said he plans to talk with Trump about the problem Wisconsin dairy farmers are having selling their milk.
Trump will speak publicly about the economy, but Walker said Monday he looks forward to speaking privately with Trump about a trade issue that's hurting the state's dairy farmers.
State and federal officials from Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take action to help dairy farmers hurt by Canada's decision to impose duties on imports of a product called ultra-filtered milk.
Shipments of ultra-filtered milk, which is used in cheese-making, had been duty free until recently, after Canadian milk producers objected.
Canada's decision leaves about 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers with no market.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairwoman Martha Laning said Trump coming to the state to talk about the importance of manufacturing jobs is one thing, but fulfilling his campaign promises is another.
Laning said Monday that Trump is "full of empty promises" on job creation. "We are going to hold him accountable to the promises he made," Laning said.
Laning said the Republican agenda under Walker has hurt the economy and she worries Trump will do no better.
Wisconsin's unemployment is at a 17-year low, but neighboring states have been adding jobs at a higher rate.
Trump carried Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes in November, making him the first Republican to carry the state since 1984. A Marquette University Law School poll released in March showed 47 percent of respondents disapproved of the job Trump was doing as president, while 41 percent approved.
Trump carried Kenosha County by several hundred votes, but lost in the City of Kenosha by a 17-point margin.
Trump's invitation-only visit to Kenosha is expected to last about an hour. The program is expected to begin around 2 p.m.
At least two groups announced plans to stage protests Tuesday.
The progressive group, Forward Kenosha, says it plans to hold a demonstration near Snap-On between 11:45 and 12:45, while Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) plans to protest the president's immigration policies with a march that'll begin at 9:30 from the parking lot of St. Mary's Lutheran Church and culminate near Snap-On.
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