President Trump claims that he will temporarily ban immigration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he did not mention how he will implement this plan.
Trump tweeted late Monday that he would “temporarily suspend” immigration into the US. There are no further details in his tweet. It is not clear how he will enforce such a ban in the country.
“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!”, Trump tweeted.
Trump has implemented immigration restrictions. He imposed blocks on travel from several countries that have a Muslim majority even from his early presidency days. In March, he also blocked travel from China, parts of Europe and the UK.
On Monday, the administration extended an order passed on March 20 that bans entry into the country of the people that lack authorisation. This lead to US officials quickly deporting unaccompanied immigrant children.
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However, administration officials say that they are only following public health orders made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Due to the pandemic, the State Department has stopped processing visas. The order might be focused on foreign worker visas. This is an issue Trump has faced criticism over in the past.
President Trump is known for his wishes to ban immigration. He also chastised US companies for hiring immigrant workers. But despite working on restricting immigration since taking office, his businesses hired numerous temporary foreign workers in recent years.