American dream suspended: Trump says he’s signing order to halt immigration into US ‘in light of attack’ from coronavirus

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US President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order suspending all immigration into the United States, citing the need to protect American jobs amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

“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 said in a tweet on Monday night.

With the president increasingly optimistic about the battle against Covid-19 in daily press briefings, the move to close the country’s borders outright came out of left field, even as Trump repeatedly encourages US states to lift their lockdown measures and resume economic activity.

No details about the order itself have yet been made public, and it’s unclear whether the administration informed other nations before the president’s tweet, but the announcement has already garnered intensely polarized reactions from supporters and critics online.


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