Trump says he will temporarily halt immigration to the United States due to fears of coronavirus


“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! He tweeted.

It is unclear what mechanism it will use to suspend immigration, how long such a suspension could last, or what effect it will have on the operation of US border crossings and on those who already hold green cards.

The White House declined to provide further information on the executive decree on Monday evening. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Immigration to the United States has been largely halted due to the coronavirus and attempts to limit its spread: refugee resettlement has been suspended, visa offices are largely closed, and citizenship ceremonies have not been completed. location. Trump did not provide details on Monday of what he intends to do to further restrict immigration from the coronavirus.

Immigrant supporters immediately rejected the tweet.

“It is not about politics. This is the message the president wants to send. He wants people to turn on “the other”. And, whatever the valuable contribution of immigrants to response and recovery, he considers immigrants the easiest to blame, “said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said on Twitter.

Trump’s tweet comes as the administration seeks to reopen parts of the country from shutting down the coronavirus with a phased approach, but it is also a continuation of the President’s 2016 election campaign promise to slow immigration.

Trump has repeatedly praised his decision to stop travel from China and Europe as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

In the context of the pandemic, the Trump administration has tried to move forward with some of its most restrictive policies that have struggled to be implemented, including blocking the entry of claimants. ‘asylum.

Citing “unfiltered” and “uncontrolled” people entering the United States across the southern border, Trump said late last month that the border would be closed “primarily, and even beyond, but mostly during this global pandemic. ” Restrictions on non-essential travel remain in effect and on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be extended with Mexico and Canada.

The administration has also put in place an order authorizing the United States to promptly deport migrants arrested at the border, including children.

This story has been updated with additional immigration reports.


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