During his remarks, Trump weighed in on another economic issue, promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market they had for a product called ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese.
Currently, 85,000 H-1B visas are given out annually to higher skilled foreign workers who have job offers from American firms.
Criticism has arisen from within academia about the use of foreign workers.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday directing federal agencies to implement the "Buy American, Hire American" rhetoric of his campaign.
"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", he said.
In all, the H-1B workers represent almost four times the number of workers who received H-2B visas in Maryland, a program arguably better known in the state because it is used to hire foreigners for crab-picking and oyster-shucking on the Eastern Shore.
It is not clear how the administration would determine which applicants are the "most skilled" middle school math teachers, for instance.
Its 162 tech firms against Donald Trump. Companies often consider H-1B as one option to help fill gaps like these, but the loss of students could turn into the loss of that primed global workforce.
He said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.
When asked if his students or graduates ever complain that foreigners are beating them out for jobs, he said: "I've never heard such a complaint from any student". And second of all, I think it's very important to say, well, I'm a businessman and I have to do what I have to do.
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But the White House says that such exemptions have gone too far and that USA contractors are unjustly losing out.
MacKinnon and Englert worry that Trump's visa reforms could have unintended consequences. If those companies can't secure the workers they need, they could move their operations overseas.
"Nearly half of the companies in our incubator were started by people who weren't born in the United States", she said. "And these are companies that already operate worldwide". However, he points out, the requirement to advertise job openings for longer periods in order to ascertain the unavailability of US workers may affect the system's efficiency.
"At least now, there is a chance, if you are willing to get the degree, you train yourself and you're well prepared, you can also obtain these positions".
But they are confident that greater "engagement" with the Trump administration will help soften their stance towards H-1B visas. Some of those mid tier jobs in Southern California require specific skill sets that foreign workers have "cornered the market on" for years, MacKinnon added.
Nationwide, demand for H-1B visas has outstripped supply.
But it falls way short of Mr Trump's campaign pledge to end the H-1B visa programme.
While U.S. tech and engineering firms are anxious about potential gaps in the workforce at that time, they expect it to happen gradually, MacKinnon said.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows an employer in the U.S. to employ foreigners in speciality professions for a period of up to three years. And any changes to the work visa process is bad news for India's $150bn IT service industry. By November, they must report their findings and recommend ways to strengthen Buy American requirements.