- Donald Trump decides to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US.
- He urges the need to protect jobs for Americans.
- Critics say the government is using the pandemic situation to stop immigration.
- In the past month, more than 20 million Americans have made jobless claims.
- The pros and cons of this order is yet to be ascertained.
Coronavirus has been a bigger threat to the US than anything else. President Donald Trump has said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US, reports BBC.
Mr Trump’s announcement late on Monday comes as the White House argues the worst of the pandemic is over and the country can begin reopening.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
Who could be affected by order?
It was not immediately clear who could be affected by Mr Trump’s decision, and the White House has not commented. Last month, the US suspended almost all visa processing, including for immigrants, because of the pandemic.
In recent times, emergency powers have been used to expel thousands of undocumented migrants on the US border with Mexico. The public health measure lets officials override immigration laws, expediting removal processes.
What could be the probable reasons behind this move?
An analysis by Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter reveals that four years ago, the president campaigned on an aggressive anti-immigration platform, including a total, if temporary, ban on all Muslims entering the country. Now, with an uphill re-election fight looming, he has found a similarly combative measure to champion.
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