President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States, a ban that would be unprecedented in the history of the United States.
“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” he tweeted on Monday April 20, 2020.
Officials were still working to draft the executive order but hope to have it completed in the next few days for Trump to sign. The order is expected to temporarily halt the issuance of new green cards (which grant permanent residency in the United States) and work visas, steps that had already effectively already been in place, since nearly all visa processing by the state department, including immigrant visas, has been on hold due to the pandemic.
Administration officials did not respond to requests for comment about what impact such an order would have on the wide range of legal immigrants already in the U.S. including those who rely on temporary work visas or are currently applying for citizenship or legal permanent residency.
By Piero Salussolia P.A.
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