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Trump Tweets Intent to Temporarily Block Immigration During COVID-19 Crisis

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he would temporarily suspend immigration as the nation battles COVID-19, an announcement that arrived in a tweet:

News sources say there are no details about the order other than an exception for certain guest workers. Fox News reported that the president’s aides defended his decision:

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the president’s move early Tuesday, saying that the president is “committed to protecting the health and economic well-being of American citizens as we face unprecedented times.”

“As President Trump has said, ‘Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers,’” McEnany said.

She added: “At a time when Americans are looking to get back to work, action is necessary.”

Later, Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump campaign, also defended the move, saying it “just makes sense.”

President Trump temporarily restricted non-essential travel with Canada and Mexico for 30 days and banned travel from Europe for 30 days to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

The president was criticized for banning travel from China early on, though Democrats like Rep. Nancy Pelosi now claim he hadn’t acted soon enough.

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2 comments

  1. good.
    He should have done it a long time ago.

    • I agree. This is a great idea, and long overdue. As long as there are Americans out of work, employers should hire them rather than foreigners.