President Donald Trump said late on Monday night, April 20, that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration to the United States as the CCP Virus (coronavirus) crisis continues to claim lives and make millions of Americans lose their jobs.
“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,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
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
President Trump already has blocked most travel from hard hit countries such as China, Europe, Iran, and South Korea. He extended the closure of the United States’s northern and southern borders to migration and nonessential travel for an additional 30 days to stop the spread of the CCP Virus, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday.
“As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions, and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country,” Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement.
The CCP Virus has paralyzed the U.S. economy. Last week, 5.245 million more Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, bringing the total to just over 22 million, according to the Labor Department.
The president’s decision is widely supported by Americans voters. An Ipsos poll released this month found about 79% of American want immigration to the United States paused during the virus crisis, reported the Breitbart News.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 21, 2020
The declaration came hours after oil prices turned negative for the first time in history. President Trump said at the White House press conference that he wanted to top off the National Petroleum Reverses by looking to add 75 million barrels of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
President Trump last week unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, outlining three phases for states to gradually ease their lockdowns. On Monday, three states, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina revealed plans to begin reopening some businesses.
The president predicted a “big bounce” as he said the U.S. economy will recover quickly from the massive hit by the CCP Virus pandemic.
“The economy is just going to do very well,” he said at the daily White House news briefing. “I think we’re going to have a big bounce. … We’re going to open up very strong.”