WASHINGTON, D.C — (04-21-20) — Heads are turning as President Trump bans all Legal Immigration into the United States. In the late hours of Monday April 20, President Donald Trump announced via twitter that he will “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.”
Reducing LEGAL immigration has been a major portion of the Trump administration’s agenda since he took office in 2016. Using the current coronavirus COVID-19 crisis to justify suspending legal immigration to America fits his pattern.
“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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
However questions remain about the latest executive order signed by Trump including:
*Will the executive order include individuals selected in the recent H-1B visa lottery and will it be legal to include them?
What does this mean for anyone with a pending adjustment of status application inside the United States considering most employment-based green cards involve adjustment of status, such as transitioning from H-1B status to permanent residence.
If U.S. consulates reopen, which temporary or immigrant visa categories would be eligible for interviews? The most common visa categories are international student visas, visitor visas, work visas, and immigrant visas for the relatives of U.S. citizens, primarily spouses, children and parents.
Would all of these categories be included in the executive order?
How long would the “suspension” on LEGAL immigration last?
These are just a few of the questions we are awaiting answers too.
“Trump’s immigration EO [executive order] is expected to include exceptions for migrant farm workers, who make up about a tenth of the workforce on U.S. farms, and health-care workers, particularly those helping treat coronavirus patients,” reported Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal.
Trump’s restrictions on LEGAL immigration, such as the public charge rule and lower refugee admissions, the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), in February 2020 projected a 30% or more reduction in legal immigration by FY 2021 when compared to FY 2016.
“NFAP projects in the long term that the average annual U.S. labor force growth, a key component of economic growth, will be between 35% and 59% lower in America as a result of Trump administration immigration policies, if the policies remain in place,” the analysis concluded.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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