US President Trump has said that he has signed an executive order to suspend immigration to ensure that when the economy reopens, unemployed Americans have priority in finding jobs.
Trump earlier announced a suspension of immigration applications for 60 days. The measures are mainly aimed at green card applicants seeking permanent residency, and seasonal workers such as farmers are not affected. In addition, several types of green card applicants can be exempted from restrictions, including those who have entered the United States, applicants for doctors or nurses, spouses and minor children of US citizens.
Trump said that the administrative order to suspend immigration is “a very strong and powerful order” that will ensure that after the US restarts economic activities, unemployed American citizens can have priority in finding jobs. He will make an assessment after 60 days, and then may change the way it operates, or may extend this executive order.