President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal emergency measures that include shutting down airports and closing major public transportation hubs, a move that will also force many Americans to travel to work, schools, and other important places, his administration said.
Trump’s order also includes suspending travel from five Muslim-majority countries and halting all refugee admissions.
The new order suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.
Trump issued the order to “keep Americans safe and secure” and is expected to sign it shortly.
Trump has not said whether he will make a full-scale ban on Muslims entering the United States, which would make the order legally enforceable.
The order suspending travel from the countries has been criticized by Muslim leaders as discriminatory and unconstitutional.
The State Department said it would begin issuing visas to all countries affected by the order on Friday.
Trump also ordered the State Department to stop providing visas to countries that refuse to take in refugees.
Trump and top administration officials said the new order was necessary to protect American lives.
Trump said the order would also protect the country from terror attacks and to keep American citizens safe from terrorism.
The executive order includes a 90-day pause on the refugee admissions program, a 90 percent reduction in the number of refugees admitted annually to the United Nations and the removal of an additional 35,000 refugees from the country.
Trump made the announcement after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.