Posted on April 22, 2020

Trump to Sign Executive Order Limiting Immigration Wednesday

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.

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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.

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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.

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