President Donald Trump on Tuesday will unveil an order to temporarily block most people from receiving permanent work visas in the United States, according to a person familiar with the plan.
But the order, issued as a pause lasting from 30 to 90 days, includes major exemptions. So-called essential workers, including health care workers, will still be able to receive green cards, as will nuclear family members. And, notably, the administration will also continue processing visas for temporary workers, the biggest source of immigration at the moment.
Still, the move will close the U.S. to thousands of potential immigrants seeking employment or to join family members.
The order comes after Trump asked aides last week to look into a possible executive order to eliminate immigration during the coronavirus outbreak, seeking a bold step he could take amid ongoing criticism of his response to the pandemic.
Trump’s request to look into the potential executive order, described by three people familiar with the situation, ultimately led to a tweet Monday night in which Trump declared he would be temporarily suspending all immigration.
The result will not be nearly as dramatic as the tweet sounded.
Trump’s administration already has paused most routine visas and refugee cases during the pandemic. And the exemption of temporary foreign workers leaves the door open to a program that allows in hundreds of thousands of people a year.
Yet if the executive order remains in place through the fall, Trump could once make immigration a centerpiece of his campaign, the way he did in 2016 when promised to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and deport millions of migrants who arrived in the country illegally.
Trump has been pushed for weeks by conservatives to halt foreign workers from entering the U.S. during the pandemic.
Title: Trump to halt most green cards, with notable exceptions
Sourced From: www.politico.com/news/2020/04/21/trump-immigration-green-card-coronavirus-198498
Published Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 21:44:08 GMT