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President Trump Announces Temporary Ban on Immigration

Lori Arnold | Contributor | Tuesday, April 21, 2020
President Trump Announces Temporary Ban on Immigration

President Trump Announces Temporary Ban on Immigration

President Donald Trump, in a late-night tweet Monday, announced another step his administration is taking to battle the coronavirus pandemic and protect jobs: a temporary immigration ban into 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!” the president tweeted.

Trump did not include any specifics in the tweet and by mid-morning today the White House had offered no further details on his plan. Politico reported officials at the Department of Homeland Security are drawing up the executive order but one idea being floated is an exemption for temporary guest workers, including those who work on farms.

A top DHS official told the news outlet the order is in response to “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to COVID-19.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, supported the move, tweeting "Thank you, @realDonaldTrump! All immigration to the United States should halt until every American who wants a job has one!"

Former Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. also took to Twitter, accusing the commander-in-chief of “shamelessly politicizing” the national emergency: "Trump failed to take this crisis seriously from day 1,” she tweeted. “His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he's shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda. Enough, Mr. President. The American people are fed up."

In recent weeks, nearly all visa processing, including immigrant visas, have been suspended because of the coronavirus, according to Fox News.

In late January, Trump issued a ban on travelers from China, a move that was widely criticized by Democrats. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, said in early April he supports the move. In the months since, the president has lauded the decision, saying it saved countless lives. By mid-March he implemented a similar ban to 26 European nations. Nearly two weeks later Trump reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to ban nonessential travel between the countries for 30 days, a move that has been extended for another 30 days. The North American ban does not include those with temporary work visas, students, business travelers and emergency personnel.

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Lori Arnold is a national award-winning journalist whose experience includes 16 years at a daily community newspaper in San Diego and 16 years as writer-editor for the Christian Examiner. She owns StoryLori Media and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.