On Monday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump announced that he would temporarily suspend immigration into the U.S. by signing an executive order amid the fears of the coronavirus spread. After some hours of the announcement, the equity markets jumped, with oil prices going negative in the United States for the first time in history. Whereas, on Monday, three U.S. states – South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee declared to start reopening some selective businesses.
Donald Trump tweeted that after the attack from the invisible enemy (novel coronavirus) to save the jobs of many United States nationals, he would sign an Executive Order to suspend immigration into the U.S provisionally.
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
The detailed contours of the planned executive order of Trump not instantly clear. The administration of the White House didn’t clear suddenly elaborate on the tweeted announcement of the president. According to Politico, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was still exercising the particulars of the executive order, and that an exception for provisional guest workers, including farmers, was under consideration.
Trump prompted to deliver an Executive Order to provide jobs to Americans
The main DHS official told the outlet that twenty-two million unemployed U.S. nationals and counting due to novel coronavirus provoked the president to act. Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, admired the planned Trump’s executive order and suggested a total immigration suspension should continue indefinitely; eventually he praised Trump. All immigration to the U.S. should stop until every U.S. national who needs a job has one.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) April 21, 2020
Amber Athey, Spectator USA’s Washington editor, writes that given tens of millions of U.S. nationals are jobless, and the whole nation is battling an invisible virus that spreads through humans, and he is dying to hear the one intelligible argument against this. Meanwhile, Representative Don Beyer of D-Va expresses that Trump was looking for somebody to blame for his own failure and mishandling the crisis.
Immigration into the U.S. has approximately stopped, and the United States has the majority number of cases than any other country, without adjusting his figures to consider the bigger population in the country. It is racist, scapegoating. Senator Kamala Harris of D-Calif said that the president failed to take the COVID-19 crisis seriously from 1st day. His abandonment of this role as president cost lives. And now, he is shamelessly politicizing the outbreak to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda. Enough, President, the American people are fed up.
All Visa Processing Suspended by State Department
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department approximately all visa processing in the U.S., including immigrant visas, suspended for some weeks. Recently, the United States agreed with both Mexico and Canada to extend the restrictions at the border for unnecessary travel for another thirty days, through 19th May and 16th May, respectively. Moreover, Trump already blocked most of the travel from other virus hotspots, including Iran, China, South Korea, and Europe.
Though, individuals with provisional work visas, business, and students’ travelers exempted from the restrictions, as well as some other emergency personnel. Over 750,000 U.S. nationals infected from the coronavirus pandemic, and over forty-two thousand died due to the virus. The government of the United States said on Monday that it would continue to expel migrants rapidly it encounters along the Mexico border for at least another thirty days in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the statistics from the U.S. Border Patrol, under the United States policy change prompted by the virus, the government sent some ten thousand Central Americans and Mexicans back to Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that over a hundred at twenty-five detention centers tested positive for the virus. Guatemala claims that forty-four migrants deported from the United States also tested positive for COVID-19.
Immigration suspension may draw legal challenges for the government
The immigration suspension of Monday was possibly to draw legal challenges, as well as reignite an already heated discussion over travel restrictions. On 31st January, Trump issued the orders of suspending the entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants of persons who pose a risk of transmitting the virus, blocking most travel from China – and at that time, the leaders of Democrats severely criticized the move.
Within hours, Joe Biden, the former Vice President, campaigned in Iowa and told the crowd that people of America need a president who they can trust what he says about it, that he is going to act sensibly about it. There is no time for the president’s record of xenophobia and hysteria – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the path instead of science. After few months, Biden announced his support for a travel ban from China.