Trump pauses certain immigrant visas for 60 days

Mr. The U.S. Admissions of new refugees have been paused since March 19, with the exception of certain “emergency” cases, a State Department spokesperson told CBS News Tuesday.Non-essential travel through ports of entry along the land borders with Mexico and Canada has been banned since March. for a limited period of time. 


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U.S. The main ways prospective immigrants can obtain green cards is through petitions by U.S. “We must take care of the American worker,” he told reporters. Department of Homeland Security renewed those restrictions on Monday. 

By invoking a World War II-era public health law, officials at the U.S.-Mexico border have also been expelling thousands of unauthorized migrants and asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied migrant children, who are afforded extra legal safeguards under U.S. The 60-day restriction will affect people overseas seeking to become permanent residents in the U.S., Mr. citizens. The U.S. anti-trafficking and immigration laws. Through these restrictions, which were also renewed on Monday, the U.S., for the first time since the creation of the nation’s asylum and refugee regime in 1980, has stopped offering protection to those who claim fear of persecution in their home countries. U.S. Trump said the measures will not apply to those looking to work in the U.S. consulates and embassies. The president did not immediately clarify whether the order will restrict one of these petitions or both.Mr. public health resources and American workers reeling from an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. workers. citizen or permanent resident family members, or by businesses looking to hire them. Immigration and Citizenship Services has suspended in-person appointments at all its field offices, preventing green card holders from naturalizing and becoming U.S. Trump first previewed late Monday on Twitter. Trump told reporters during Tuesday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing. on a temporary basis, suggesting that the directive will not suspend the processing of non-immigrant visas, which can allow technology workers, students, agricultural workers and other foreigners to work and live in the U.S. to review coronavirus tests of deportees in Guatemala

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The president sold the directive as an effort to prevent “immigrant labor” from replacing U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests to elaborate on the expected restrictions, which Mr. Trump said the order was still being drafted as of Tuesday evening, predicting he would “most likely” sign it on Wednesday. The Trump administration had already tightened the country’s borders in response to the deadly pandemic, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the U.S.Visa processing for both would-immigrants and prospective workers abroad has been extremely limited since March 20, when the State Department, which oversees consular officers, canceled most appointments at U.S. First published on April 21, 2020 / 7:03 PM Trump to pause immigrant visas for 60 days, citing economic impact of coronavirus

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Updated on: April 21, 2020 / 7:49 PM
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President Trump on Tuesday announced he will be issuing a directive temporarily suspending the processing of certain visas for foreigners seeking to immigrate to the U.S., portraying the move as a necessary measure to protect U.S.