Although US officials seem to believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, they continue to halt various processes of the immigration system, basically stating, “because of the coronavirus.” Legally, the President has the constitutional power to make discretionary decisions in order to protect and strengthen national security. This may include making decisions to promote the health and well-being of the US people. However, many advocates are growing concerned that the Trump administration is using the virus as its justification--or facade--to further its objectives of restricting immigration.
On April 20, 2020, President Trump announced his intention to issue an executive order suspending most permanent immigration to the United States for at least 60 days. The order was signed two days later, on April 22.