President Trump announced Monday night that he will soon sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” in a surprising, but entirely necessary move.
“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!” the president tweeted.
A top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told the outlet that “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to COVID-19″ had prompted Trump to act.
President Trump’s decision brewed a frenzy of mixed reactions on twitter.
Rep. Paul Gosar, applauded the planned executive order, and suggested a total immigration suspension should continue indefinitely. “Thank you, @realDonaldTrump!” he wrote. “All immigration to the United States should halt until every American who wants a job has one!”
Spectator USA’s Washington editor Amber Athey wrote, “Given tens of millions of Americans are out of work right now and we’re battling a virus that spreads through human-to-human transmission I am dying to hear one coherent argument against this,”
The precise contours of the president’s planned executive order were not immediately clear. The White House did not immediately elaborate on Trump’s tweeted announcement.
Democrats, per usual, were none too pleased with the president’s decision to put struggling American workers first, firing off illogical arguments at the president.
Rep. Don Beyer said that Trump was looking for “someone to blame for his own failure.”
“Immigration has nearly stopped and the US has far more cases than any other country,” Beyer foolishly wrote, conveniently forgetting to adjust his statistics based on its population being much larger than the other countries it’s being compared to. “This is just xenophobic scapegoating,” Beyer continued.
Sen. Kamala Harris then chimed in, “Trump failed to take this crisis seriously from day 1. His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he’s shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda. Enough, Mr. President. The American people are fed up.”
The only thing the American people are fed up with, Mrs. Harris, is you and your fellow Democrats blatant and consistent disregard for the everyday American citizen.
Politico reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was still working out the details of the executive order, and that an exemption for temporary guest workers, including farm workers, was under consideration.
Due to the pandemic, almost all visa processing by the State Department, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.
However, people with temporary work visas, students and business travelers were exempted, along with emergency personnel.
Aside from the pending immigration ban, the U.S. has already enacted a slew of entry restrictions. The U.S. recently agreed with both Canada and Mexico to extend border restrictions on nonessential travel for another 30 days, through May 16 and May 19, respectively.
The president has also already blocked most travel from other hotspots, including most of Europe, Iran, South Korea, and China.
Under the U.S. policy change spurred by the virus, the U.S. government has sent some 10,000 Mexicans and Central Americans back to Mexico, according to data from the U.S. Border Patrol.
On Monday, the U.S. government said it will continue to quickly expel migrants it encounters along the border with Mexico for at least another month in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that more than 100 migrants at 25 detention centers have tested positive for COVID-19. Guatemala claims that 44 migrants deported from the U.S. tested positive.