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Why did President Trump sign the executive order limiting immigration amid coronavirus pandemic?

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President Trump sign the executive order limiting immigration amid coronavirus pandemic

The United States is struggling with a rise in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits; around 22 million people have registered for it amid the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, on Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that will temporarily halt the issuance of a permanent visa. This move will not only protect but help in giving priority to unemployed American workers to get jobs, he stated.

In the White House press briefing, Trump explained that when the economy reopens, this move will preserve jobs for American workers. The halting of immigration provoked immediate criticism. The Democrats criticized Trump’s decision and called it a distraction from the actual agenda, which is battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s contender for 2020 US Presidential election candidate, Joe Biden, stated that instead of executing efforts in ramping up testing, Trump is busy tweeting on immigrants and hoping he will be able to divert American people from the main agenda.

The Health experts said that such a move would do little to diminish the spread of the virus as the United States is still in the middle of the storm, while other critics reprimanded that Trump is continually searching for reasons to limit immigration.

The 60-day immigration halt has left a considerable number of temporary workers visas in the queue, including people who are presently in the nation and those seeking for a work visa. The mandate will apply to foreign nationals trying for a green card, who are outside the United States at the hour of the order. It will exclude those who are in the nation trying to change their immigration status.

Trump expressed that the order would not apply to seasonal employees, who might look for seasonal guest worker visas. It would likewise exempt essential workers, including health care workers, e.g., nurses, doctors, paramedics, etc. In these 60 days after reevaluation, the order could be extended or even altered according to time and circumstance, he included.

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