US President, Donald Trump, said Monday night that as the country fights the health and economic impact of the corona-virus pandemic, he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States.
“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!” he tweeted. It is unclear what mechanism he will use to suspend immigration, and how long this suspension will last. This will have an impact on the operations of US border crossings and those who already hold green cards. The White House declined to provide further information about the executive order on Monday evening. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Due to the coronavirus and attempts to curb its spread, immigration to the United States has been largely prevented: the resettlement of refugees has been put on hold, the visa office has been largely closed, and no civic ceremonies have been held. Trump did not provide details on Monday about his intention to further restrict the entry of coronavirus. Immigration advocates immediately opposed the tweet. “This is not about the policy. It is about the message the president wants to send. He wants people to turn against ‘the other.’ And, regardless of the valuable contributions immigrants are making to the response and recovery, he sees immigrants as the easiest to blame,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said on Twitter.