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On late Monday evening, United States President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be temporarily halting immigration to the United States. The announcement came amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which has reported over 2.4 million cases and over 170,000 deaths as of April 21.
The US remains the hardest hit nation in the world with nearly 800,000 confirmed cases and over 42,000 deaths.
“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!” read the tweet.
Prior to this tweet, the Trump administration had already taken steps to crack down on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, leaving some immigration advocates concerned that the president is capitalizing on the pandemic to intensify already hard-line immigration policies.
What remains unclear, however, is when and how Trump will be suspending immigration and for how long such a suspension could last.