The US President Donald Trump has decided to temporarily suspend the immigration to the United States amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The president announced his decision this week, pointing out that he will be signing an executive order on the suspension of immigration.
“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 pointed out.
This is just another measure amid others that the US had adopted to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, VisaGuide.World reports.
Last week President Trump also announced that the US would impose visa sanctions against countries that do not accept to repatriate their citizens who remain in the US during the coronavirus. The memorandum issued by Trump will be in place until December 31 this year.
Whereas on March 11, 2020, Trump issued three proclamations through which banned entry for internationals who have visited China, Iran and 26 Schengen Zone countries, last two weeks before their trip to the US.
Since March 21, the border between the US and Canada has been closed for nonessential travellers on both sides, in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly virus. According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the border will remain closed for at least another several weeks.
Earlier this month, Trump’s administration decided to send 540 troops to the border with Mexico in a bid to prevent the spread of the infection.
Mark Esper Defense Secretary approved the request of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to send over 500 military personnel to support Customs as well as the Border Protections operations on the southern border.
For some weeks now, the US embassies around the world have temporarily suspended their services. Additionally, after the government declared COVID-19 a national emergency, the J1 summer program has also been temporarily suspended.