President Trump's 60-day temporary ban on immigration is only the beginning, according to Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Speaking on Fox News, Wolf said to expect "additional steps" to block immigration.
Trump's actions already have put a brake on immigration by postponing immigration hearings, removing migrants arrested at the border, and suspending refugee admissions, CNN notes.
In fact, the Migration Policy Institute said that Trump's actions would block the issuance of 26,000 green cards per month, or 52,000 green cards over the 60-day period, which may be extended.
However, Wolf said, "This is a first step…. I think you'll see additional steps.
"And in that executive order that the president issued yesterday, it actually directs the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Labor, to look at these non-immigrant, or temporary visa programs and come back to him with recommendations. And that's something that the department has been looking at for the past several months. So, we're well underway, and look forward to presenting to the president those recommendations for additional steps."
Trump's top adviser on immigration, Stephen Miller, said he believes it is vital to "turn off the faucet of new immigrant labor" to protect American jobs, CBS reported.
"Mission accomplished with signing that executive order," Miller added.
Trump has indicated that his proclamation is aimed solely at those seeking green cards, allowing permanent resident status, but Wolf's statement caused speculation that the White House may be considering further limits on temporary visas for immigrant workers.
Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, a group advocating for reduced immigration, told CNN, "With tens of millions of Americans who want to work full-time unable to do so, most immigration at this moment makes no sense, and the president appears to be moving in the right direction to curtail it."
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