This decision, announced by the Republican President on Twitter, effectively achieves one of Trump’s long-term political goals of curbing immigration, taking advantage of the health and economic crisis that swept the country in the wake of the pandemic. .
The move was quickly condemned by Democrats, but Trump said he was taking the necessary steps to protect the American workforce.
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“In light of the attack on the invisible enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens, I will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States,” said Trump. in a late tweet on Monday evening.
The White House declined to provide further details on the reasoning behind the decision, its timing or its legal basis.
Trump won the White House in 2016 in part on a promise to limit immigration by building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
He and his advisers spent the first three years of his term cracking down on legal and illegal entry into the country.
“You are cutting immigration, you are crating our country’s already weak economy,” said former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said in a tweet. “What a stupid gesture. “
The development comes as the death toll in the U.S. from the virus surpassed 42,000 on Monday, according to a Reuters count.
The US economy has stalled due to the pandemic; more than 22 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the past month.
“It makes sense to protect the opportunities for our workforce while this pandemic unfolds,” said Thomas Homan, Trump’s former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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“It’s really not about immigration. It is about the pandemic and the security of our country while protecting opportunities for the unemployed in the United States. “
The United States has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 780,000 infections, up from 27,000 on Monday.
But the president insisted on saying that the peak had passed and encouraged American states to reopen their economies.
In mid-March, the United States suspended all routine visa services, immigrant and non-immigrant, in most countries of the world due to the coronavirus epidemic, which potentially affected hundreds of thousands of people.
US missions continued to provide emergency visa services if resources permitted, and a senior State Department official said in late March that the United States was ready to work with people already identified as eligible for various types of visas, including one for health professionals.
The administration recently announced that the rules will be relaxed to allow more agricultural workers on temporary H2A visas to help farmers with their crops.
This comes as thousands of Americans take their guns to protest the foreclosure – raising fears of a total war.
Protesters challenge orders of state governors to stay at home and demand to be released.
Far-right extremists, religious fundamentalists and armed militias infiltrate the protests, a Mirror investigation found.