WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Monday he would sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States” because of the coronavirus.
“In light of the attack on the invisible enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens, I will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States! Trump tweeted.
He did not provide any details on the immigration programs that could be affected by the order. The White House did not immediately explain Trump’s tweeted announcement.
Trump has taken credit for his restrictions on travel to the United States from China and hard-hit European countries, arguing that it has helped slow the spread of the virus in the United States, but he has not yet expanded these restrictions to other countries currently experiencing virus epidemics.
As a result of the pandemic, almost all of the State Department’s visa processing, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.
More than 750,000 Americans have descended on COVID-19 and more than 42,000 have died.