On Monday night, Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he plans to sign an executive order that will temporarily suspend immigration into the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"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!," he wrote. 

The New York Times reports that an order that halts new work visas and green card could potentially arrive as soon as next week. It's unclear how long the suspensions would last for as no other details were provided by Trump or the White House. The NYT also pointed out that the legal grounds for such an order are shaky. 

Trump's regime previously suspended flights from Europe in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions on travel from China, Canada, and Mexico were also put in place. The United States is now the epicenter of the health crisis with nearly 800,000 confirmed cases and over 42,000 deaths. Spain is the country with the second most cases at just over 200,210. Around 20,000 people have died in the country.

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