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Trump: I'm Going to 'Suspend Immigration'

President says he'll make temporary move to protect the nation from coronavirus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2020 10:37 PM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2020 6:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump said Monday that he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus, the AP reports. “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 tweeted. He offered no details as to what immigration programs might be affected by the order. The White House did not immediately elaborate on Trump's tweeted announcement.

Trump has taken credit for his restrictions on travel to the US from China and hard-hit European countries, arguing it contributed to slowing the spread of the virus in the US. But he has yet to extend those restrictions to other nations now experiencing virus outbreaks. Due to the pandemic, almost all visa processing by the State Department, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.

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