Trump administration temporarily halts immigration amid pandemic

President Trump has signed the executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of green cards for certain immigrants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This will ensure that unemployed americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs, as our economy reopens. Crucially, it will also preserve our health care resources for American patients.”

Trump’s executive order on immigration:

– Impacts green card applicants who are outside the U.S.
– Exempts essential workers, spouses and children of U.S. Citizens, members of Armed Forces, those designated by law enforcement, prospective foreign adoptees and investor visa applicants
– Exempts seasonal farm workers

The 60-day halt impacts foreign nationals seeking green cards while they are outside the U.S. at the time of the order.

Those who are already in the U.S. seeking to change their immigration status are exempted.

Other exemptions include essential workers like medical personnel, spouses and children of U.S. citizens, members of the armed forces, individuals designated by law enforcement, prospective foreign adoptees of U.S. citizens, as well as investor visa applicants.

Seasonal farmworkers seeking guest work visas are also spared.

Immigrants whose green cards have been issued before the order’s proclamation can still travel to the United States, as well as those with valid tourist, student and work visas.

Pinoy Panawagan counsel Attorney Lou Tancinco explained that there are also family petitions that are exempted from this order.

“These are the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens. Those that are still covered by this proclamation and are barred from entering our parents of us citizens in those who are in the preference categories, meaning adult children, married or unmarried of us citizens spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents and married, adult children of green card holders, and siblings of us citizens.

Atty. Lou reminded those concerned that this proclamation is temporary in nature and is only set for 60 days unless amended.

The House of Representatives is poised to vote on Thursday the 4th installment of a coronavirus aid package meant to provide $500 billion dollars to small businesses and hospitals.

Prior to the vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed for more bipartisan support to give Americans the help they badly need.

The new bill comes as unemployment rates in the U.S. rose to levels only seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s — with 1 in 6 Americans now without work.

The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has also climbed to more than 855,000 with more than 47,000 deaths.

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  • Mario
    24 April 2020 at 1:58 am - Reply

    TRUMP signed the EXEC ORDER, this will win VOTES, only citizen can vote, Citizen does not want competition, from an illegal alien, wanted to be first in line for the job.27M jobless filed UN-employment, that is $600/week($15/hr) for 13wks(3mos.)If you earn less than $15/hr, better QUIT from your job, and apply for unemployment you make more money. But you will be forced to vote for TRUMP because it was proven to be a job creator, just 3 yrs we have the lowest Un-employment in US History. Democrat win means more taxes, therefore, an Employer will hire fewer workers. They rather open the border wall and hire illegal alien on a cash basis, that is $5/hr with free foods in CA. Today’s 4/23 TForce briefing it was about Sunlight that can kill the virus in a few minutes. All universities like Princeton, etc. returned the small business Stimulus money, because TRUMP announces it on TV that they have Billion USD endowment. Michelle OBAMA might be the VP of BIDEN. Barrack will be campaigning full time.