The US President, Donald Trump has announced that immigration to the United states will be temporarily suspended to protect the jobs of Americans.
This was disclose via his Twitter handle and he hinged the decision on “the attack from the invisible enemy”.
The announcement came after the White House insisted that the worst of the pandemic is over and the country can begin reopening.
Trump said on Monday, “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,”.
The US has over 787,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and more than 42,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the pandemic globally.
Though it is still unclear the mechanism President Trump will use to suspend immigration, how long such a suspension could last or what effect this will have on the operation of US border crossings and on those who already hold green cards, the immigration ban generated close to 10,000 reactions less than 25 minutes after the US President tweeted it and it foreshadowed the political fire it will ignite on Tuesday April 19 across the North American country.
For weeks now, the US State Department has suspended almost all visa processing, including immigrant visas.
The US economy has come to a near standstill because of the pandemic. More than 22 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the last month.