Trump Says He Will Sign Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Immigration Into US

Posted on 04/21/20

On Monday, President Donald Trump suspended all immigration into the United States in an effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus. The timing of such actions has been questioned by numerous officials suspecting these efforts are unnecessary. “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!”
Trump tweeted. In a stunning use of Executive power, this executive order marks an extensive overreach by the President without consulting congress. Despite the executive order, it is likely to receive legal action as just hours earlier the president was praising the reopening of certain state economies.

President Trump’s tweet didn’t offer any insight of when the order will go into effect or when it will end. This order expands on the immigration bans from China, Canada, Europe, Iran, and Mexico. Even as the bulk of attention has been consumed by the Coronavirus, Immigrant rights groups will question the legitimacy of such actions and the President was swiftly challenged by his democratic counterparts. “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. We must come together to reject his division,” tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “Immigration has nearly stopped and the US has far more cases than any other country. This is just xenophobic scapegoating,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) tweeted.

The move was quickly praised by some Republicans as a way to counter the spread of the Coronavirus from abroad nations. These actions serve as a reminder to many that the President has continued to serve his own personal agenda during this crisis. The coronavirus has infected more than 2.4 million people, and over 786,000 Americans have been tested positive for it. The president has described the United States as being in its peak of total new cases, but failed to address why this executive order is necessary so late in the pandemic.

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