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Temporary Suspension of All Immigration?

The administration appears to be close to issuing an executive order to broadly and temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States.

On the evening of April 20, 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted:

In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!

While the details remain unclear, initial indications are that the focus will be on restricting issuance of new visas for individuals abroad.

While the new executive order is potentially far broader in scope, immigration to the U.S. has been declining and the many temporary limitations on immigration the administration has adopted include:

At the same time, noting concerns of possible food shortages and the need for healthcare workers, the administration recently eased restrictions on H-2A agricultural workers.

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Michael H. Neifach, Jackson Lewis, Employment visa Lawyer, border security matters attorney
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Michael Neifach is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a recognized leader on immigration, visa and border security matters, and he is Co-Leader of the firm's Immigration practice group.

Mr. Neifach has held senior positions at the White House Homeland Security Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He served as General Counsel at ICE from July 2007 through January 2009. Following his government service, Mr. Neifach oversaw...

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