Trump To Ban Immigration Into U.S. Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

(PoliticalLookout.Com)- President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that will temporarily halt immigration to the United States.
The president tweeted the announced late Monday night, citing America’s ongoing battle with the economic and health effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In his tweet, he wrote:
“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!”
There aren’t many other details about Trump’s plan, such as how long the suspension of immigration may last, how it may (or may not) affect people who are already here with green cards, as well as the operation of border crossings into the U.S.
However, senior White House officials say the president could end up signing the executive order as early as this week. One official even told NBC News that the ban “had been under consideration for a while.”
The Trump administration has slowed the movement of people into America since the coronavirus pandemic erupted here. The country has put on hold refugee resettlement, while a majority of visa offices are closed, and ceremonies for citizenship have been stopped.
Immigrant advocacy groups responded negatively to Trump’s tweet Monday night. The executive director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, tweeted back:
“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.”
And Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, who is the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, tweeted:
“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.”
The response wasn’t all negative, though.
Republican Representative Mo Brooks from Alabama tweeted:
“Wow! One thing about @realDonaldTrump, he knows how to put American citizens first!”
And Republican Representative Paul Gosar from Arizona tweeted:
“Thank you, @realDonaldTrump! All immigration to the United States should halt until every American who wants a job has one!”
In late March, Trump announced he would be sealing off the southern border “mostly, and even beyond, but mostly during this global pandemic.” He cited this need because of “unvetted” and “unscreened” people who are able to cross the southern border from Mexico into the United States.
The Trump administration also has an order in place that allows U.S. officials to remove migrants who are arrested at the border.
The country has also banned all non-essential travel internationally. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said they’d be extending that order with both Canada and Mexico.
More details about Trump’s executive order are likely to be released soon.