Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency was full of bold promises to the American people, including a particularly powerful proclamation regarding the need to enforce our standing immigration laws.
Of course, we all remember how this ended up: With the far left factions of the Democratic Party declaring that Donald Trump was somehow a “racist” for suggesting such a thing. From the very beginning of his quest to revamp our immigration system, Trump has been stymied and blocked by the Democrats.
Now, with the coronavirus crisis demanding action at the border, Donald Trump is now circumventing Congress in order to put America first.
President Trump announced late Monday he will soon sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” in what appeared to be a drastic escalation of his efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and boost the economy.
The declaration came hours after U.S. equity markets plunged, with oil prices turning negative for the first time in history. Also on Monday, three states — Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina — revealed plans to begin reopening some businesses.
“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!” the president tweeted.
Trump’s decision was predictably met with criticism from his political opponents on the left side of the aisle, who dared insinuate that Trump was exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic in order to appeal to his base.