Trump to suspend immigration into U.S.

Executive order would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers.

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April 22, 2020 - 10:01 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States.” But an executive order he is expected to sign today to implement the change would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers.

“I will be signing my Executive Order prohibiting immigration into our Country today,” Trump tweeted this morning.

The president said Tuesday he would put a 60-day pause on the issuance of green cards in an effort to limit competition for jobs in a U.S. economy wrecked by the coronavirus. The order would include “certain exemptions,” he said, but he declined to outlined them, noting the order was still being crafted.

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