There is much uncertainty surrounding the announcement by President Donald Trump that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending all U.S. immigration in light of the coronavirus pandemic. As the president has not signed the executive order, all information available is speculation. That being said, this is what we currently know.
In his nightly press briefing on 4/21/20, President Trump said that the upcoming order will affect those seeking green cards but will not block those entering as tourists, students or foreigners on temporary work visas. The order is expected to be signed as early as 4/22/20.
Other aspects of the order remain unclear, including what including what legal authorities the President will rely upon in the order and what exemptions might be included.
The proposal, in whatever form it takes, will be vigorously opposed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other advocacy groups. We will report details as they become available.