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Trump to halt immigration for 60 days in bid to help Americans ‘regain’ their jobs

Trump to halt immigration for 60 days in bid to help Americans ‘regain’ their jobs

Saad Ali Rana

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his new U.S. immigration ban would last 60 days and apply to those seeking ‘green cards’ for permanent residency in an effort to protect Americans seeking to regain jobs lost because of the coronavirus.

Trump plans to institute the ban through an executive order, which he said he was likely to sign on Wednesday. He said it would not apply to individuals entering the United States on a temporary basis and would be re-evaluated once the 60-day period had passed. Trump said that pausing immigration would put “unemployed Americans first in line for jobs” as the country re-opened. 

“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 worker,” he told reporters at the White House.


Does Trump have any ulterior motives?

Critics saw his announcement as a move to take advantage of a crisis to implement a long-sought policy goal. The order could spark legal action.

Also read: Trump suspends immigration to US amid coronavirus



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