Protecting Workers: Trump Orders Unprecedented Halt to All U.S. Immigration

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Drawing predictable ire from corporate America and elected Democrats, President Donald Trump took the extraordinary and unprecedented step Monday of putting a halt to all immigration into the United States. Signing the official executive order amidst an unemployment rate that has soared beyond all known American records, Trump’s move is designed to protect jobs and domestic workers from cheap overseas labor.

“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.

Asked by Politico to describe why Trump was making the decision, an official from the Department of Homeland Security offered a short but sweet reply: “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to Covid-19.”

The order drew plaudits from groups that support restricted levels of immigration.

“The president’s comments reflect a sensitivity to a primary purpose of all immigration laws of every country, and that is to protect a nation’s vulnerable workers,” said Roy Beck of NumbersUSA. “With tens of millions of Americans who want to work full time not able to, most immigration makes no sense today, and to allow it to continue at its current level at this time would show a callous disregard for those enduring deep economic suffering.”

The decision also attracted scorn from the usual suspects.

“This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump’s failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda,“ tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). “We must come together to reject his division.“

Castro was joined in his condemnation by Captain Impeachment himself, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who said, “President Trump now seeks to distract us from his fumbled COVID-19 response by trying to put the blame on immigrants. The truth is many immigrants are on our front lines, protecting us as doctors, nurses, health aids, farmworkers, and restaurant workers.“

Neither Nadler nor Castro seem to grasp what Trump is trying to do here. It has nothing to do with scapegoating immigrants for the coronavirus. It has nothing to do with distracting the media, as if it could even be possible to throw them off their central mission of destroying this president. It has to do with more than 20 million unemployed Americans. How cold and unpatriotic do you have to be to look at those figures and say, “You know what we need? More cheap labor from Pakistan.”

Well, never underestimate the degree to which Democrats will favor non-citizens over the people of the United States.

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