Trump claims he will temporarily suspend immigration into US due to coronavirus fears
“In light of the attack on the invisible enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens, I will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States!” he tweeted.
We do not know what mechanism it will use to suspend immigration, how long such a suspension could last or what effect it will have on the operation of US border crossings and on those who already hold green cards.
The White House declined to provide further information on the executive decree on Monday evening. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Immigrant supporters immediately rejected the tweet.
Trump has repeatedly praised his decision to stop travel from China and Europe as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
In the context of the pandemic, the Trump administration has tried to move forward with some of its most restrictive policies that have struggled to be implemented, including blocking the entry of claimants. ‘asylum.
Citing “unfiltered” and “uncontrolled” people entering the United States across the southern border, Trump said late last month that the border would be closed “primarily, and even beyond. , but especially during this global pandemic. ” Restrictions on non-essential travel remain in effect and on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be extended with Mexico and Canada.
The administration has also put in place an order authorizing the United States to promptly deport migrants arrested at the border, including children.
This story has been updated with additional immigration reports.