President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, announced that he would sign an executive order to stop immigration into the United States temporarily to protect American jobs due to the destruction of the economy by the coronavirus. The decision came at a time when the country is dealing with the worst crisis of all time. Presently, American has more than 800,000 positive cases of coronavirus and close to 45,000 Americans losing their lives. The announcement came late at night from his official Twitter handle, which was in line with Trump’s policy goal to curb immigration right from his Presidency.
In a tweet, Trump wrote - “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 suspend immigration into the United States temporarily.” However, there was no clarity either from Trump or the White House on what immigration programs would get affected by the new order. His decision drew swift criticism from some of the Democrats. They accused the President of successfully diverting and covering up his inability, slow and faulty response in handling the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the virus outbreak, all the immigrant visas have been suspended by the US State Department. So, the new decision by the President is still confusing when the US economy collapsed along with 22 million people applying for unemployment benefits.
Democrats took Twitter to condemn President’s move. Former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro posted - “You cut off immigration, you crater our nation’s already weakened economy. What a dumb move. Nothing you do will make people forget that you have failed miserably to protect Americans from COVID-19.” Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar amplified the criticism. She posted - “As our country battles the pandemic, as workers put their lives on the line, the President attacks immigrants & blames others for his own failures.”
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