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Trump Claims That He Will Temporarily Block Immigration Due To Coronavirus
President Donald Trump said that he plans to sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States as the nation battles the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” he tweeted.
In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
It remains unclear how long the suspension could last. how those who already hold green cards will be impacted or how operations at the US border will be affected.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still drafting the executive order, as reported in Politico. One possibility that has been discussed is an exemption for temporary guest workers, including those who work on farms.
When asked what prompted the president’s decision, a top DHS official stated, “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, immigrant advocates have pushed back against the president’s tweet.
“This is not about the policy. It is about the message the president wants to send. He wants people to turn against ‘the other.’ And, regardless of the valuable contributions, immigrants are making to the response and recovery, he sees immigrants as the easiest to blame,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said on Twitter.
“Nothing you do will make people forget that you have failed miserably to protect Americans from COVID-19,” former Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro tweeted to the president, adding “where are the tests?”