You get a ban, everyone gets a ban! President Donald Trump is back to his favorite social media platform, revealing on Twitter that he plans to ban immigration into the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“In light of the attack from the invisible Enemy,” Trump tweeted, “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!”
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
The ban comes at a time when reports show at least 22 million Americans are now out of work. The coronavirus outbreak has wiped out 13.5 percent of the workforce and 10 years of job growth, with 5.2 million new claims for unemployment benefits filed just last week, according to the latest Labor Department figures released on Thursday.
There are some individuals who call the ban pointless, as the nation is already shut down, calling his move “an authoritarian-like move” to help “rile up his base.”
(via Daily Mail): NBC News White House Correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted: 'Immigration was already functionally shut down. The WH had closed the U.S.-Canada border and started deporting asylum-seekers without due process.
'International air travel has largely been suspended. Formalizing it serves as a simple way for Trump to rile up his base.'
Buzzfeed reporter Hamed Aleaziz added: 'Note also that the State Department had already suspended routine visa services at all US embassies and consulates.'
Texas congressman Joaquin Castro called Trump's announcement 'an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis'.
He tweeted: '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.
The tweet comes as the U.S. death numbers from the virus have topped 42,000, the world's largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Trump has been very vocal about his actions to stop the spread of the deadly virus, taking credit for his restriction on travel to the U.S. from China and more hard-hit places, such as European countries.
“And yet in January, a certain date - you know the date better than I do - we put on a ban of China, where China can't come in and before March we put on a ban of Europe, where Europe can't come in,” Trump tweeted after the price of U.S. oil traded below $0 for the first time ever.
Though only started to keep accurate records beginning in 1948, economists say that “unemployment rates could reach as high as 20 pecent in April,” the highest since the Great Depression of the 1930s.