Trump says he’ll sign executive order to ‘temporarily suspend immigration’ because of coronavirus

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 10, in Washington.
FILE - President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 10, in Washington.(Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump said Monday night he plans to “temporarily suspend immigration” because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump announced his plan to sign an executive order in a 10:06 p.m. 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!” he tweeted.
It’s unclear what effect the order will have on the spread of the deadly disease. The U.S. has already seen nearly 750,000 cases of coronavirus, and more than 39,000 deaths -- more than any other nation.
The order marks an extraordinary and unexpected use of executive power amid the coronavirus pandemic, considering his earlier optimism about some states being ready to reopen their virus-shuttered businesses.
An immigration suspension would serve as an extension on the travel restrictions the Trump administration has already imposed on most of Europe, China, Canada, Mexico, Iran and South Korea.
Trump has spent much of his presidency pushing to restrict immigration into the U.S.
The president has taken credit for his restrictions on travel to the U.S. from China and hard-hit European countries, arguing it contributed to slowing the spread of the virus in the U.S.
But he has yet to extend those restrictions to other nations now experiencing virus outbreaks.Due to the pandemic, almost all visa processing by the State Department, including immigrant visas, has been suspended for weeks.
More than 750,000 Americans have come down with COVID-19 and more than 42,000 have died.
Trump’s late-night order drew immediate fire from Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who accused the president of trying to create a divisive distraction.
“This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda,” the congressman tweeted. “We must come together to reject his division.”


  1. We don't need any more jobless, uneducated,foreign,non-English speaking people here.
    Build the wall higher and add a minefield

  2. We should do the same in Europe and then make it permanent.


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