President Trump Expected to Sign Executive Order to “Temporarily Suspend Immigration to the United States”
Shortly after 10:00 p.m. last night, President Donald Trump announced—through Twitter—that he “will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” because of the “attack” from the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States and “to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens.”
Other than President Trump’s Tweet, neither the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, nor any other federal agency provided any guidance or information as to what exactly the suspension of immigration into the United States actually means, how expansive such a suspension would be, or the number of individuals and countries that such an executive order could affect.
Global Travel Ban to the United States
On March 19, 2020, we wrote about the travel restrictions the White House imposed on the admission of foreign nationals into the United States, to limit the spread of COVID-19. Since then,
foreign nationals who were in any of the following countries in the 14-days before traveling to the United States (were and still) are barred from entering and will be turned away at U.S. airports, ports, border crossings, and other ports-of-entry: Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Moreover, all non-essential travel between the United States, Canada, and Mexico was initially restricted on March 18, 2020, for 30 days. Yesterday, however, President Trump extended the non-essential travel restriction between the three counties for an additional 30 days—through May 20, 2020.
Official Guidance to Suspend Immigration
As of today, there are no other restrictions on the entry to the United States related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other than those noted here. President Trump’s Tweet is still just a Tweet. No official guidance has been issued as to the halting of “all immigration” into the United States.