Trump Announces Order Suspending Immigration in Response to Virus
Written by Luis Miguel
President Trump announced Monday night that he will soon sign an executive order to suspend immigration into the United States in light of widespread job loss amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Citing the “attack” from America’s “Invisible Enemy,” the president said in a tweet that his goal is to “protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens.”
A leading DHS official told the outlet that “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to COVID-19” had prompted President Trump to take action. However, Politico also reported that the president is considering an exemption for temporary guest workers, including farm workers.
The announcement provoked the ire of immigration advocates, including prominent Democrat lawmakers.
Representative Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), chairman of the House Hispanic Caucus and vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the president is merely trying to divert public attention from his alleged failures in handling the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda, Castro tweeted. “We must come together to reject his division.”
“President Trump now seeks to distract us from his fumbled COVID-19 response by trying to put the blame on immigrants,” wrote Representative Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “The truth is many immigrants are on our front lines, protecting us as doctors, nurses, health aids, farmworkers, and restaurant workers.”
And Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accused President Trump of “shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”
But the president received praise from immigration reductionist groups and Republican lawmakers.
The president’s comments reflect a sensitivity to a primary purpose of all immigration laws of every country, and that is to protect a nation’s vulnerable workers.
With tens of millions of Americans who want to work full time not able to, most immigration makes no sense today, and to allow it to continue at its current level at this time would show a callous disregard for those enduring deep economic suffering.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a proponent of cutting legal and illegal immigration to the United States and a critic of China’s role in the pandemic, agreed with the president that stopping immigration is important to help Americans who have lost their jobs at this time.
22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month because of the China virus. Let’s help them get back to work before we import more foreigners to compete for their jobs. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1252418369170501639 …
While the move was initially blasted by Democrats, most observers from both sides of the political aisle have come to agree with it. Even former Vice President Joe Biden, who initially called the ban a sign of “hysteria and xenophobia,” has come to support it.
The administration has also closed the borders with Canada and Mexico to all nonessential travel — a restriction recently renewed for an additional 30 days through May 16 and May 19, respectively. Travel from Europe, Iran, and other hotspots has likewise been restricted. But up to now, business travelers, emergency personnel, students, and persons with temporary work visas have been exempted.
Currently, refugee resettlement has been put on hold, visa offices are largely closed, and citizenship ceremonies aren’t taking place.
Additionally, the U.S. government has accelerated deportation measures for those apprehended entering illegally at the border. Under its COVID-19 policy, some 10,000 Central Americans and Mexicans have been returned to Mexico, according to U.S. Border Patrol data.
In fact, coronavirus-related border policies have resulted in the number of illegal crossings being cut in half. Per the new rules, those caught at the border are sent back immediately rather than detained for a prolonged period of time.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that more than 100 migrants at 25 detention centers have tested positive for the virus.
Approximately 22 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last few weeks as state and local governments have ordered businesses deemed “nonessential” to close their doors as part of lockdown measures.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American