President Trump said in a tweet late Monday that he will be signing an executive order to “temporarily suspend immigration” into the United States because of COVID-19 “as well as the need to protect American jobs.”

Key points:

  • The White House is expected to release an executive order in the coming days.
  • The text has not yet been released. The scope of the executive order is not yet clear, and should not be assumed from the tweet. In the past, the president has made public statements that did not fully describe the substance of a subsequent official order.
  • BAL has produced an analysis in anticipation of the executive order, including practical impact and corporate strategies. Read the analysis paper here.

BAL Analysis: Rumors have been circulating for some time regarding additional executive action restricting immigration, and BAL’s Government Strategies and COVID-19 Task Force teams have been mapping out scenarios for weeks in anticipation of potential additional immigration restrictions. BAL is closely monitoring this development and will provide additional analysis of any new restrictions when the White House issues the executive order.

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