On February 24 President Biden reopened the country to people seeking green cards, saying that Trump’s ban on legal immigration ” . . . harms the United States . . . It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world.”
This was a reference to Trump’s claim that the ban would protect American workers who were losing their jobs as the coronavirus shut down the economy. But many of Trump’s critics said he was using the pandemic as an excuse to severely limit immigration. But those who study patterns of employment in the U.S. say immigrants don’t threaten American jobs because they take jobs that Americans don’t want and in that way help to keep the economy going.
Immigrants who receive green cards become lawful permanent residents who can eventually seek citizenship in the U.S. An analysis by the Migration Policy Institute estimated when Trump established the immigration ban that it could affect more than 660,000 people.