The United States has around 22 million unemployed workers, which is one out of every seven workers who are now out of a job. The president has a plan to help those workers find employment.
President Trump is looking toward life for Americans after the CCP Virus pandemic and has placed a 60-day suspension on immigration to allow those now out of work to have a chance at re-employment.
“By pausing immigration we will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs,” President Trump said. “We must first take care of the American worker.”
He added, “It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad.”
Late on Monday, the president tweeted his plan to sign an executive order to temporarily cease immigration, lasting at least 60 days.
Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors lower rates of immigration, said that although most businesses are closed off due to social-distancing orders and orders to stay-at-home, by preventing millions who obtain jobs on a work permit or visa the president’s order would “instantaneously create” new jobs for Americans and other legal workers, as reported by Fox News.
Andrea Flores of the American Civil Liberties Union said Trump seemed “more interested in fanning anti-immigrant flames than in saving lives,” while Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum also criticized the president’s move, noting that many health care workers treating patients with the CCP Virus are foreign-born, as are many in crucial economy-related jobs.
“To continue most immigration at this time would show a callous disregard for those Americans who are enduring deep economic suffering,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which supports immigration restrictions.
However, essential workers, which will include health care workers will still be able to obtain green cards, also their close family members, reported Politico. Temporary workers, who are the main immigration group will also be able to apply for visas.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement the order is aimed at protecting both the “health and economic well-being of American citizens as we face unprecedented times.” She said, “At a time when Americans are looking to get back to work, action is necessary.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who met with the president on Tuesday at the White House, said the president was looking at various options for workers in the agricultural industry, medical professionals, and those with family in the United States.
The United States is now reporting more CCP Virus infections than any other country in the world, with more than 823,000 Americans infected, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 45,000 have died.