President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his new U.S. immigration ban would last for 60 days and apply to those seeking “green cards” for permanent residency in an effort to protect Americans seeking to regain jobs lost because of the coronavirus.
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.
Mr Trump, who had announced the move in an ambiguous tweet, said the measure would protect Americans who had lost jobs because of the coronavirus.
The decision does not apply to workers entering on a temporary basis.
Critics say he is trying to distract attention away from his handling of the spread.
Immigration has traditionally been a strong campaigning theme for Mr Trump, but has taken a back seat during the pandemic and in the lead-up to the November election.
Mr Trump said that his executive order was being written and is expected to completed by White House lawyers on Wednesday for him to sign. The ban could be extended "much longer" depending on how the economy is doing, he said.
"As we all know, millions of Americans sacrificed their jobs in order to battle the virus and save the lives of our fellow citizens," he said at a news conference.