President Donald Trump to sign executive order to temporarily barring immigration

CNBC’s Eamon Javers reports the latest news regarding the coronavirus response from the Trump administration and Congress.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is temporarily suspending immigration to the United States in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the “need to protect jobs.”

In a tweet Monday night, the president attributed the suspension to an “attack from the Invisible Enemy” and the “need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens.”

He added that he would sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration.

Trump previously barred travel from China and Europe to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s not clear from the president’s tweet whether the order would bar non-U.S. citizens from traveling to the country for purposes such as business or to visit family.

The president said last month that he was discussing closing the country’s borders with Mexico and Canada because of the virus. A senior official told NBC News then that the administration was exploring new restrictions amid fears that large numbers of Central Americans would try to illegally access the U.S. health care system.

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Honduras has recorded 477 confirmed cases and 46 deaths, topping the so-called “northern triangle” countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Reuters reported Monday that Peru has been the hardest hit Latin American country, with more than 400 deaths and nearly 16,000 cases.

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