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:
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
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.
By shutting down all immigration into the United States, President Trump is looking out for the American Worker.
We should NOT open up immigration until the millions of Americans who lost their jobs are working again.
This is coming from an immigrant from the Middle East too!!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 21, 2020
They told Donald Trump to lock down the country. He does that – suspends all immigration – and now he’s a racist?
The Left isn’t pro anything anymore. They’re just anti-Trump.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) April 21, 2020
.@SenTedCruz on President Trump’s new immigration restrictions:
“Democrats are flabbergasted why we wouldn’t want to continue bringing in new workers even though we have millions of workers here at home that we need to get back to work.”pic.twitter.com/YGzAJZzora
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 21, 2020