President Donald Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus.
On Twitter, he cited “the attack from the invisible enemy,” as he calls the virus, and the need to protect the jobs of Americans, but did not give further details.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
Trump’s announcement late on Monday comes as the White House argues that the worst of the pandemic is over and the country can begin reopening in phases. The restrictions on people’s movement, implemented by many states to curb the spread of the virus, have completely paralyzed parts of the economy.
The United States has over 787,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and more than 42,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the pandemic globally.