WSJ: US Authorities Intend To Introduce New Immigration Restrictions
Donald Trump is discussing the possibility of extending the previously introduced decree on a partial ban on immigration, as well as adding additional restrictions to the document on entry into the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.
According to the publication, the new decree, which may be signed in May, will contain a ban on issuing H1-B work visas for highly qualified foreign specialists, H2-B visas for temporary workers who are not involved in agriculture, as well as student visas with the right to work. These restrictions may last for several months or even years. According to sources of the newspaper, when discussing this measure, the administration is guided by the fact that this step will receive broad support in society against the background of the spread of the coronavirus.
The decree on a 60-day ban on immigration to the country for a number of categories due to the negative economic consequences of a coronavirus infection was signed by Trump on April 22. The restrictions apply to people who are outside the United States at the time of signing the decree and do not have a valid immigrant visa or other travel documents. However, the right to request asylum or refugee status is not restricted.
The head of the White House previously said that the document will not affect temporarily arriving in the US and farmworkers.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, which conducts calculations based on data from Federal and local authorities, more than 1.2 million cases of infection with the new coronavirus were recorded in the United States, and more than 75.6 thousand people died.