US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order pausing immigration for 60 days in order to protect the jobs of Americans during the Covid-19 crisis.
The 60-day suspension will impact some of the people seeking a permanent residency, but it will not have any impact on those entering the country on a temporary basis.
“President Donald Trump just signed a proclamation temporarily suspending immigration into the United States. This will ensure unemployed Americans will be FIRST in line for jobs as our economy re-opens and preserve our healthcare resources for American patients,” the White House said in a statement.
“This is a temporary pause demanded by the crisis we are facing as a Nation. The pause will be in effect for 60 days, and the Administration will continue to monitor the labor market to amend or extend the proclamation if needed,” the statement said.
Trump said, “We’re determined to protect the communities that have been hit hardest by the Coronavirus—through both healthcare and economic revitalization.”
“As President, I am absolutely determined to deliver a great future for Americans of every race, religion, color, and creed,” he added.
“With love for our nation and loyalty for our fellow citizens, we will safeguard our families, care for our neighbors, heal the sick, protect our workers, and build a future for a country that is the greatest country anywhere in the world,” the President said.