Sunday, April 26, 2020

Trump officials eye 'additional steps' after executive order on immigration; Which states have relaxed restrictions? ... and Other Coronavirus Updates

The Trump administration is eyeing “additional steps” to restrict immigration visas within the next month, just days after President Trump signed an executive order limiting immigration into the country.
“This is a first step... I think you’ll see additional steps,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday on "Fox News @ Night."
Trump signed the order Wednesday after promising Monday that he would “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.”
"In order to protect our great American workers, I’ve just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States,” the president said during the coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. “This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens."
The order cites “the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in an environment of high domestic unemployment and depressed demand for labor” as a reason for the restriction -- as well as pressures on health care and other factors amid the coronavirus crisis.
LINK: US reopening: Which states have relaxed 
restrictions? Find out what your state is doing
While the order angered Democrats who called the move cruel and part of an anti-immigrant tone of his administration, immigration hawks were disappointed that it was more limited than the all-out moratorium they wanted, and doesn’t include temporary guest worker programs in industries like tech.
The text of the order, which expires in 60 days, specifically applies to those seeking green cards from outside the U.S. -- including those applying under the diversity lottery, work green cards and chain migration.
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