The New York Times reports:
President Trump said on Monday evening that he intended to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work, a drastic move that he said would protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation’s economy began to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
In recent weeks, the Trump administration has used health concerns to justify aggressively restricting immigration.
Even before the tweet, it had expanded travel restrictions, slowed visa processing and moved to swiftly bar asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from entering the country, alarming immigration advocates who have said that Mr. Trump and his advisers are using a global pandemic to further hard-line immigration policies.
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
We need testing, not scapegoats.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) April 21, 2020
No doubt Trump’s base is primarily motivated by racism. This is why Trump does this. Every. Damn. Time.
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 21, 2020
So things are going well enough to re-open the country… just not for brown people.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 21, 2020
imagine being this proud of being this racist
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 21, 2020