President Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Entry of Immigrants for 60 Days

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President Trump has signed an executive order, asserting “that the entry, during the next 60 days, of certain aliens as immigrants would be detrimental to the interests of the United States”.

Suspended entry into the United States of immigrants applies to aliens who “are outside the United States;… do not have an immigrant visa that is valid; and… do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid”.

This order does not apply to “any alien seeking to enter the United States on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional; to perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19”.

President Trump says this order is necessary to “protect already disadvantaged and unemployed Americans from the threat of competition for scarce jobs from [immigrants]”; referring to the more than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment.

Additionally, the order references “limited” healthcare which an influx of immigrants would “strain… at a time when we need to prioritize Americans and the existing immigrant population.”