President Trump announced plans late Monday for an executive order temporarily closing the United States to immigration.
Suspension of new green cards and work visas could take effect within the next few days, according to people close to the matter. While the move is being pitched as a strategy both to protect Americans from COVID-19 and to give domestic workers an edge once the economy begins to recover from nationwide shutdowns, it is only the latest in a series of recent policy changes the administration has implemented during the outbreak to keep undocumented immigrants out.
It is uncertain what legal basis Trump could cite to justify cutting off the legal immigration system, but critics say he is using the pandemic to advance his anti-immigration agenda. Separately, the Department of Homeland Security reportedly might expand restrictions affecting travel from Europe and China. Doing so would markedly reduce the number of short-term visitors to the United States.
source: New York Times