The 45th President of the United States has said he will “temporarily suspend immigration” during the coronavirus pandemic in order to “protect the jobs of our great American citizens”.
The US president wrote on Twitter: “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!”
President Trump is yet to go into more detail on his plans and the White House has not yet clarified exactly how the suspension of immigration into the US would work.
Thomas Homan, Mr Trump’s former acting director of US immigration and customs enforcement, praised the decision saying: “It makes sense to protect opportunities for our workforce while this pandemic plays out.
“It’s really not about immigration – it’s about the pandemic and keeping our country safer while protecting opportunities for unemployed Americans.”
The news comes following a major economic hit to the US that has been more than twenty-two million people apply for unemployment benefits in the last month.
Due to measures taken to limit the virus’s spread, almost all visa processing by the State Department has been suspended for the past few weeks, including visas for immigrants.
As of writing this, (21/04/20 at 09:37) the United States has the world’s largest number of confirmed cases 792,938. 42,518 people have sadly passed away with COVID-19 In their system at the time. 72,389 have been recorded as recovered from the virus.
The President’s decision has drawn heavy condemnation from Democrats but Mr Trump said he was taking the action to protect the U.S workforce, “You cut off immigration, you crater our nation’s already weakened economy,” former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said in a tweet.
The President has made a point of saying the peak had passed and has been encouraging U.S. states to reopen their economies.
Many protestors are defying state governors’ stay-at-home orders and demanding to be let out and for the US economy to be fully re-open.
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