The US President Donald trump made the decision due to the coronavirus to suspend immigration in the United States for two months. He told about it on April 21 at a press briefing at the White house, told “Voice of America”.
The ban will also apply to foreigners wishing to obtain permanent residency in the United States – the so-called Green Card, and will not affect tourists, students and other holders of non-immigrant visas.
Trump said that he took this decision in order to protect the American labor market from an influx of foreign workers.
“It would be wrong and unfair to [jobs took the] new immigrants arriving from abroad, instead of Americans who lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the virus. First, we need to take care of American workers (according to the Ministry of justice of the country since mid-March, when they began to enter most of the restrictions in the United States, more than 22 million Americans (about 14% of the workforce) have applied to receive unemployment benefits. – “GORDON”)”, – said the President.
The ban on immigration will be valid for 60 days and will be reviewed after this period. According to trump, he is preparing to sign a decree on April 22.
In the 2019 financial year, according to data from the State Department, the United States has issued 462 422 immigrant visas, including 4573 – citizens of Ukraine. The visas allow immigrants to obtain a Green Card. It gives the right to live and work in the United States and apply for citizenship after five years.
CNN , citing sources in the administration, trump said that the decision will apply only Green Card and not, for example, temporary working visit, as a lot of foreigners who received working visits, are now involved in industries important in the fight against coronavirus, from food industry to health care. According to Vox, 25% of doctors in the United States are immigrants.
In a pandemic, the administration trump has significantly restricted the immigration to the country. In March, the state Department suspended normal processing of visas at their consulates and embassies abroad. The United States closed the border with Canada and Mexico, and imposed significant restrictions on the entry of citizens of European countries and China.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus in the world has infected more than 2,56 million people, 177,5 thousand of them died, 687 thousand was recovered.
USA ranks first in the world in the number of infections and deaths from COVID-19. There was more than 825 thousand cases of infection, 45 063 people died.