Trump to temporarily halt immigration into the U.S. amidst coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump said that he will sign an executive order "to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States" because of the coronavirus

Trump to temporarily halt immigration into the U.S. amidst coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens - Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
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President Donald Trump said that he will sign an executive order "to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States" because of the coronavirus

He offered no details about which immigration programs might be affected by the order. 

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement Tuesday echoing Trump's past comments about immigration. She provided no details on what the executive order would entail. 

"At a time when Americans are looking to get back to work, action is necessary," she said.

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National security adviser Robert O'Brien earlier Tuesday cast the president's announcement as a move to protect the American people's health. O'Brien said the temporary immigration halt would not be "dissimilar" to limits on travel to the U.S. from China that Trump put in place in January. 

"We're trying to do everything, the president's trying to do everything he can to put the health of the American people first during this crisis," O'Brien said on Fox News Channel. "So this is one step. It's not dissimilar to the restrictions on travel from China that he implemented back on January 29 at the very outset of this public health crisis." 

O'Brien said the administration believes those travel restrictions saved lives. 

Asked about Trump's reference to jobs, O'Brien referenced the virus' economic toll and said "the president's looking out for Americans on both fronts at every turn."

Trump has taken credit for his restrictions on travel to the U.S. from China and hard-hit European countries, arguing the restrictions contributed to slowing the spread of the virus in the U.S. But he has not extended those restrictions to other nations now experiencing virus outbreaks

Due to the pandemic, almost all visa processing by the State Department, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.

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Almost 800,000 Americans have come down with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and more than 42,000 have died, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University

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