President Donald Trump announced at a press conference Tuesday that he would sign an executive order temporarily suspending some immigration into the U.S.
The order, which the president said is still being written, will block green card recipients who are seeking permanent residency in the U.S. from entering for 60 days, Trump said.
Trump had threatened to block all immigration into the U.S., including guest worker programs, Monday in a tweet. He had changed course by his daily press briefing Tuesday afternoon, limiting the suspension of entry to green card holders.
Trump thinks the suspension is necessary to protect American workers from further unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis, he said.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs survey, published April 8, found that the federal unemployment rate rose from 3.5% to 4.4% in March.
"By pausing immigration, we'll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens,” Trump said. “It would be wrong and unjust for American laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad."