President Trump temporarily suspends immigration to the United States
President Trump announced that the United States would close its borders to immigrants in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the "need to protect jobs."
The president signed an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States for 60 days, but said that the order applies only to those immigrants who would be seeking a green card, but does not affect visa statuses.
Trump suggested there will be economic effects of the order, indicating it would "protect American workers," and noted that it will have certain exemptions. The Trump administration said that seasonal workers for the agricultural industry would not be affected.
"By pausing immigration, we'll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens," Trump said. "It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad. We must first take care of the American workers."
The order adds to other existing temporary travel bans, including a ban on travel from Europe.
Approximately 459,000 foreign national new arrivals to the US became green card holders in 2019, down 13% from 2018 arrivals, according to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security.