Last night, President Trump announced that he would sign “an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.”
He mentioned both the pandemic and the need to protect American jobs. We do not know many of the important details at this point—the length of the suspension or how many exemptions will be carved out by the lobbyists. Still, it is an important step to recognize that as the Jordan Commission on Immigration Reform said, “Immigration must serve the national interest.” Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently called for an immigration moratorium during this crisis. A “pandemic pause” is most appropriate.
Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states:
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
In spite of this broad authority, we can expect legal challenges from the usual suspects. Too many corporate interests care little about American workers even as unemployment soars.
Thank Trump for suspending immigration during this crisis and acting to protect American workers.
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