We had recently informed you about President Trump’s executive order on Monday, regarding a 60-day ban on legal immigrants seeking permanent residence in the United States, in an attempt to protect the health and economic well-being of American citizens.
We also informed you that the said order was alleged to be signed by the President on Wednesday.
As a continuation to the following news, we are here to inform you that as anticipated, President Donald Trump has signed the executive order on Wednesday evening.
Today, we will be sharing all the details you need to know about this legal ban on immigrants, who all shall fall under its radar while who shall be exempted, along with what all can be expected from this order.
President Trump Signs the Executive Order
Trump has won the 2016 Presidency election, piggybacking on the promise that his administration would crack down immigration and create more opportunities for the American born individuals.
Since his onset as the President, Trump has made significant changes in the immigration practices of the United States, much of which is known to all.
In unprecedented times such as these, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America has been sunk deep down in unemployment and a degrading economy.
Over 22 million Americans have lost their jobs, over the last four weeks.
Due to all of these factors, Trump announced an executive order on Monday, which temporarily suspends the issuance of new green cards that would limit immigration (for 60 days).
Doing so would create more opportunities of work and employment for fellow Americans, as immigrants wouldn’t be there to eat up their vacancies.
“Crucially, we’ll also preserve our health care resources for American patients. We have to take care of our patients, we have to take care of our great American workers”, says Trump.
On Wednesday evening, April 22, Trump signed his anticipated executive order.
In practice, much of the US immigration system has already been paralyzed by the pandemic.
Travel from China, parts of Europe and Iran are mostly banned and most state department visa services are suspended.
Who Will Be Affected By the New Executive Order?
This order will apply to foreign nationals seeking a green card, from outside the United States, at the time of the order.
According to a trusted non-partisan think tank, this legal ban on immigrants (executive order) shall block about 26,000 green cards over a monthly basis, while 52,000 for this 60-day period.
Who Will Be Exempted?
This order will not apply to:
- the ones already in the country seeking to adjust their immigration status,
- the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens,
- essential workers like medical personnel, seasonal farm workers and more,
- any member of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children,
- anyone entering for law enforcement for national security reasons, and
- investor visas and special immigrant visas for Iraqi and Afghan nationals, who have worked for the U.S. government.
What Can We Expect From the New Executive Order?
Speaking of the executive order, Trump says that it could be modified.
Although he confirmed that this move will strongly adhere immigration now, ‘modification’ here could either strengthen or weaken the current stringent norms.
Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that his administration is also preparing a second order that he may later sign to further limit immigration but provided no further details about it.
Since the start of this year, the Trump Administration has made many changes in the US immigration system, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can track them all here.
Even before the tweet late night on Monday, immigration into the U.S. had largely been cut off.
Refugee resettlement was put on hold, visa offices were closed and citizenship ceremonies weren’t happening.
Along with these, the administration also laid forward some of its most restrictive policies, largely closing off the southern border to migrants and immediately expelling them.