President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is halting all legal permanent immigration to the U.S. for at least 60 days, citing a “solemn duty” to protect Americans who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“By pausing immigration, we’ll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America re-opens,” Trump told reporters during his now-daily news conference. 

“It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad. We must first take care of the American worker,” he said.

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