Adam Edelman, NBC News, April 22, 2020
President Donald Trump said in a tweet Wednesday morning that he would formally sign an executive order later in the day limiting immigration to the U.S. for the next 60 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said his order would “pause” issuing green cards — a mandatory steppingstone to citizenship — for 60 days and would then revisit the policy depending on economic conditions.
Trump also told reporters Tuesday that his executive order “will not apply to those entering on a temporary basis” and that his goal in issuing the order was to protect Americans from international competition for jobs.
But without the text of the order or any formal guidance from the administration, it’s not clear whether the order will ultimately be a far-reaching policy change or will simply formalize what is already a de facto pause on immigration during the coronavirus pandemic.