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Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US amid coronavirus

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Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US amid coronavirus

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-signs-executive-order-temporarily-suspending-immigration-into-us-amid-coronavirus

President Trump announced Wednesday that he has signed his promised executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

"In order to protect our great American workers, I’ve just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States,” the president said during the coronavirus taskforce briefing at the White House. “This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens."

Trump had said earlier this week that immigration would be suspended for at least 60 days in order to make sure Americans laid off during the coronavirus pandemic are “first in line” for new jobs. Trump has said the ban would be reevaluated after he looks at unemployment and economic figures.

While a hard stop on immigration would normally affect millions of people, much of the immigration system has already ground to a halt because of the pandemic.

Almost all visa processing by the State Department has been suspended for weeks. Travel to the U.S. has been restricted from much of the globe. And Trump has used the virus to effectively end asylum at U.S. borders, including turning away children who arrive by themselves and putting a hold on refugee resettlement — something Congress, the courts and international law hadn't previously allowed.

Criticism of Trump's new announcement has been swift, especially his timing during the pandemic. Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, noted that thousands of foreign-born health care workers are currently treating people with COVID-19 and working in critical sectors of the economy.

Andrea Flores of the American Civil Liberties Union said Trump seemed "more interested in fanning anti-immigrant flames than in saving lives.”

But Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors lower rates of immigration, said that eliminating millions of work permits and visas would “instantaneously create” new jobs for Americans and other legal workers — even though most businesses are shuttered because of social distancing dictates and stay-at-home orders.

Fox News’ Andrew O'Reilly, Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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I agree with President trump 100%,  For 2 reasons 

1]   Jobs should go to American citizens first.  

2].   people can be carriers of the virus and not show signs.  Keeping immigration down during this time period is a smart move for the health of our citizens 

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And they all said AMEN!

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I agree 100%!

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+1, USA jobs for USA citizens first! We've led the whole world around by the hand long enough, MAN UP world and take care of yourself!

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