President Donald Trump has said his plan to ban immigration into the US will last for 60 days and apply only to those seeking permanent residence.
Speaking a day after he announced the move in an ambiguous tweet, Mr Trump said the measure would protect American jobs during the Corona crisis. At a White House coronavirus briefing, The US president said the executive order with a decision was likely to be signed on Wednesday.The ban could be extended much longer depending on how the economy was doing, he stated.
After vowing to suspend all immigration to US on Monday night, Donald Trump apparently changed his original plan that reportedly included immigrants like farm laborers and hi-Tech employees and special visas after critics from some business leaders.
More than 20 million Americans have lost their job amid the coronavirus outbreak, and the president said the government had a solemn duty to ensure they regain their jobs. He said it will be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labour flown in from abroad, adding that there could be some exemption to the measure.
The US has the highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world-model 820,000-according to John Hopkins University, richest writer in the disease globally.
What are green cards?
they give immigrant legal permanent resident and the opportunity to apply for American citizenship.
In a typical year nearly 1 million green cards are issued in the US.
The majority- roughly 70% go to those with relatives living in the US, according to a 2018 report from the US Senate.
For employment based green card, a common form of the residency status, roughly 80% I issued to those already in the country, shifting from a temporary visa to permanent residence.
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