By Carmen Rodriguez, Washington DC
President Donald Trump signed on Wednesday, The Executive Order that it announced would launch to stop immigration to the country due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
The measure takes effect on Thursday at midnight, suspends and limits the entry of foreigners to the country, regardless of your nationality, who do not have specific visas, travel permits or advance parole documents in force.
“Suspension and limitation of entry in accordance with section 1 of this proclamation will apply only to foreigners who: (i) are outside of the United States on the effective date of this proclamation; (ii) you do not have an immigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation”, says the document released by the White House, signed by President Donald Trump.
Hours before signing the order, The President said that this action is focused on the protection of American workers who will continue to be economically affected., for the loss of jobs that the country has registered.
But nevertheless, the average does not apply to legal residents, “any alien who wishes to enter the United States on an immigrant medical visa, nurse or other health professional; to conduct medical or other research to combat the spread of COVID-19”.
further, the married couple, children under 21 years, Fiancées of US citizens or people with visas from the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, are exempt from this restriction.
The Presidential Order also does not affect asylum processes, withholding of deportations or protection of refugee programs; as well as other processes that are ongoing in the immigration courts or in the offices of the Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS for its acronym in English)
According to information released by the White House, this provision will remain in force for the next 60 days, and is subject to change or extensions, as recommended by the secretaries of Security and the Department of State, as the country's health crisis evolves.