President Donald Trump said Monday he will temporarily suspend all immigration into the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” Trump wrote in a late-night tweet shared on Monday.
The announcement follows several previous moves to limit international travel into the United States, including closing the borders with Canada and Mexico and barring asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from entering the country.
A formal order indefinitely freezing all new green cards and work visas is expected to be issued in coming days, The New York Times reported, citing multiple people familiar with the plan.
The order may allow an exemption for workers in industries deemed critical, the New York Times reported.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, almost all visa processing by the State Department has been suspended for weeks.
More than 780,000 Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the virus that has claimed the lives of 42,364 Americans as of Tuesday morning.