- Plans to issue an executive order suspending immigration.
- Health concerns justified moving swiftly to bar asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants
The President of United States Donald Trump, on Monday has said he intends to stop immigrants into the country to protect American workers from foreign competitors.
This drastic move comes as the nation slowly recovers from an unslaught of the Pandemic that has brought the economy to its knees.
“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, “I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”
The president’s late-night announcement on Monday signals his most wide-ranging attempt yet to seal the country off from the rest of the world.
In recent weeks, health concerns has been a high priority in Trumps administration justifying a move to bar asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from entering the country.
The number of visas issued to foreigners abroad looking to immigrate to the United States has declined by about 25 percent, to 462,422 in the 2019 fiscal year from 617,752 in 2016.
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Immigration advocates alarmed at the news have accused the president of using the global pandemic as a shield to further hard-line immigration policies.
What this means when the bill is passed is that the provision of new green cards and work visas will be temporarily barred in the next few days.
And equally, the Trump administration would no longer approve any applications from foreigners to live and work in the United States for an undetermined period, effectively shutting down the legal immigration system in the same way the president has long advocated closing the borders to illegal immigration.
Workers who have for years received visas to perform specialized jobs in the United States would also be slashed, but those with skills deemed to 'Make America Great again' will be exempted from the ban.