President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he will halt issuing of fresh Green Cards or legal permanent residency for the next 60 days as part of his executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the US.
“By pausing immigration, we will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America re-opens.” Trump said.
“This pause on new immigration will also help to conserve medical resources for our citizens as we fight this virus,” he added.
Trump said the order would only apply to individuals seeking a permanent residency. It will not have any impact on those entering the country on a temporary basis.
This move will impact tens of thousands of Indian Americans who are awaiting green cards.
Earlier, Trump in a tweet said that he will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the US.
“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!” Trump had tweeted.
More than 40,000 people have lost their lives in the US due to COVID-19 and over 750,000 have been infected from virus.