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Donald Trump suspends for 60 days the issuing of green cards

The President of the United States said on Tuesday during his daily briefing that his executive order to suspend immigration amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 21, 2020 - Washington, DC, United States: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House. (Contacto)

This Tuesday President Donald Trump gave some details of his new executive order to suspend for immigration in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said that this measure will last for 60 days and for now it only affects the people requesting green cards for permanent residence.

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Trump defended this action as an effort to protect American workers from competition overseas and he also said that there will be certain exemptions to this new executive order but he will reveal the details later.

“It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad,” Trump said at the briefing. “We must first take care of the American worker.”

This new order is not fully written but it should be finished and signed by Donald Trump on Wednesday. This measure will include exemptions for certain groups, though it’s unclear how extensive they will be. Trump said farmers will not be affected by the order, appearing to confirm that visas for agricultural workers would fall outside the scope of the measure.

The most common type of green card applications are family-based immigration sponsorships for permanent residency of foreign nationals by their U.S. spouses.


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