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Acting DHS Chief: Additional Immigration Measures Could Be Coming

Acting Homeland Security chief, Chad Wolf said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s executive order is the first step, saying additional immigration measures aimed at non-immigrant temporary visas coming soon.

“That is something that the department has been considering for the past few months, so we are well on course and look forward to presenting to President trump with those recommendations for additional steps,” he stated during a news interview with fox.

Trump signed his executive order restricting some immigration to the U.S last week, nearly forty-eight (48) hours after posting the move on Twitter.

The order directs the DHS and the Labor Department to look at additional immigration measures or recommendations, said Wolf.

After President Trump announced his move in the late-night tweet, the White House was flooded with calls from industry representative requesting the administration to carve out exemptions for temporary workers, including immigrants who work on American farms. The final order did not exempt temporary guest workers but officials have said a future order could exempt them.

White House aides have worked to reinforce support for the executive order in the day since it was signed. Stephen Miller, the President’s senior adviser on immigration, notified allies in a phone call last Thursday it was important to “turn off the faucet of new immigrant labour” to safeguard Americans’ jobs.

Wolf said “critical” exceptions to the order include individuals coming to the United States who participate in the medical field, health care sector and medical research.

“This is a targeted approach and it’s, really, the importance here is making sure that we are protecting American jobs,” he said.

Wolf denied criticism that the President is only appealing to his “nativist base” and damaging United States’ economic and public health, saying the order concerns “new immigrants” who will compete with Americans for jobs.

Asked about extending travel restrictions to the United States, Wolf said, “I think it’s crucial to maintain these travel restriction for a little bit longer till we see how this pans out.”

The executive order is expected to be in effect for at least sixty (60) days, but the President has said that the extent of the restrictions may be subject to change, depending on the needs of American farms and businesses. The President has also said he could extend the order beyond sixty days.