President Trump Suspended Immigration to U.S for 60 days
Alabama Senate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions says: American families and workers must come first on all jobs
Los Angeles, April. 22, 2020
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President Trump on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order limiting immigration into the country, as he hailed what he said was a “very tight” security situation at the southern border.
“I will be signing my Executive Order prohibiting immigration into our Country today,” he tweeted. “In the meantime, even without this order, our Southern Border, aided substantially by the 170 miles of new Border Wall & 27,000 Mexican soldiers, is very tight -- including for human trafficking!”
Trump had announced the order on Monday, but had given few details.
On Tuesday he said that it would last for 60 days before it was reevaluated in the context of unemployment figures and economic figures. Immigration hawks have been calling for such an order for weeks, and had included prominent figures such as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“By pausing immigration we will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs,” Trump said. “We must first take care of the American worker.”
- It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad.
- Trump’s order will only apply to those seeking employment-based green cards and relatives of green card holders who are not citizens. About a million green cards were granted in fiscal 2019, with about half going to relatives of U.S. citizens.
TRUMP SAYS CORONAVIRUS IMMIGRATION SUSPENSION WILL LAST 60 DAYS
That would then not affect temporary work visas, something that falls short of what was being called for by hawks like Sessions. However, the issuance of many temporary visas has already been halted by the State Department, although the distribution of temporary agricultural visas has been streamlined.
The order comes as the U.S. economy spirals due to lockdowns stemming from the coronavirus crisis.
- The Labor Department said: 25 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending April 14. That brings total claims over the four weeks ended April 11 to nearly 22 million workers, which erased all of the labor market gains since the 2008 financial crisis.
Alabama Senate hopeful and former Attorney General Jeff Sessionson Thursday called for a moratorium on all employment-based immigration until the U.S. returns to pre-coronavirus crisis unemployment levels.
- “American families and workers must come first. It is morally wrong and economically disastrous to import more foreign workers when millions of Americans are out of work through no fault of their own,” he said in a statement.