During his tenure, Trump has repeatedly made some hard approaches towards immigrants; not only he banned citizens of some specific countries, but he also kicked hundreds of thousands from the United States of America. Sticking to his policies, he once again announced the suspension of immigration into the United States of America amid the fight against novel virus COVID-19.
Immigrants banned from the United States
Trump reportedly signed an executive order on Wednesday, according to which some immigrants will be banned from entering the United States of America. However, some exceptions were given to people belonging to the sectors of health, agriculture, industrial, and other public safety departments.
The reason he put forward was that It’s to ensure their patients are treated first and to preserve health care resources only for the Americans. He said that this halt in immigration would make sure that Americans would be getting the jobs early when the corona pandemic is over.
On the question of how long would it would be suspended for, the president said that he would reconsider the half after 60 days. It can be re-evaluated anytime before that as well. He stressed upon the fact that this halt won’t be applied to specific workers. The executive order was signed and released by the White House just before Trump’s talk with reporters.
Physicians and nurses are exempted from the executive order; spouses of Americans are also exempted along with the immigrants that are under 21 and could be adopted. However, it appears like the law would be baring the other relatives of the Americans. The order is aimed at stopping the awarding of new green cards and temporarily halting it.
According to critics, it’s just Trump trying to peruse his hardline agenda against immigrants as he and his cabinet are famous for its anti-immigrant rhetoric and that it’s Trump’s attempt at making people distract from his poor performance during this pandemic.
Speaking to CNN, Senator Schumer called it just another tactic of diversion; he said that no one knows why this order was announced, and no one knows what it is.
Trump took to twitter and announced his new policy, he tweeted;
“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!”
All in all, the executive order has no so much practical effect as it bars explicitly those immigrants who do not have complete documentation and immigrant visa.
Trump administration has been panicked ever since the pandemic struck America hard, finding the fault into immigrants and so have wholly paralyzed the immigration process. Travel to the U.S. has been stopped, and so is the visa processing. They have also sped up the process of kicking out undocumented workers from the U.S.
Donald trump tweeted on April 21,2020
“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!”
Amnesty International USA advocacy director Krishnaswami called Trump racist indirectly for keeping our POC (people of color) out of America and that the order has nothing to do with coronavirus at all. He called Trump xenophobic and said that Trump is trying band on immigration method that has been tried and is failed.
This hateful solution is all Trump could think of. He said that the U.S. is leading in corona patients and that halting immigration isn’t the solution at all; the policies should be in favor of public health instead of based on hate politics. The order was applauded by the Trump supporters, agreeing among themselves that the fall of economy is because of crackdown during a pandemic and not because of Trump policies.
Senator T. Cotton applauded the order
and tweeted that
“22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month because of the China virus. Let’s help them get back to work before we import more foreigners to compete for their jobs.”
Will this executive order truly help the U.S in its fight against Corona, or is it a distraction? We will have to wait to know the answer.
By: Zaynab Shinwari