Washington: US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that partial immigration was curbed to “protect American workers” in the economic massacre of the coronavirus pandemic.
When Trump announced a 60-day suspension of the issuance of “green cards” to people seeking permanent residency in the United States, the United Nations warned that the virus could cause famine in already fragile countries.
The grim warning is that with the global death toll of the virus exceeding 174,000, governments are anxiously trying to find a way out of an unprecedented global health and economic emergency.
In medicine, an American study on the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is widely promoted in the United States as a curable drug for COVID-19, but compared with standard treatment, the disease has no benefit-it is actually associated with more deaths.
When world leaders worry about triggering another wave of infections, the debate about when and how to relax the embargo measures to prevent the spread of highly contagious viruses is becoming increasingly fierce.
Governments are also worried about increasing economic costs. Trump announced that he will sign an executive order on Wednesday to restrict immigration to the United States. About 22 million people in the United States are unemployed.
Trump, who is running for president on the platform to crack down on illegal immigrants, said that there will be a 60-day “suspension” for issuing green cards, but temporary workers such as temporary agricultural workers will not be affected.
“In order to protect American workers, I will be issuing a temporary suspension of immigration into the United States,” he said.
“It will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens,” Trump said at a daily White House briefing. “It would be wrong and unjust for Americans to be replaced with immigrant labor flown in from abroad.”
Trump said “additional immigration-related measures” could be taken later to protect workers in the United States, the hardest-hit country with more than 43,000 people dead and 784,000 infected.