Posted on April 22, 2020 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto | rsuto@aaiusa.org | (202) 429-9210

April 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order (EO) that seeks to deny entry to individuals intending to enter the United States pursuant to nearly all immigrant visas for 60 days, effective tomorrow, April 23, 2020. Narrow exceptions to the blanket ban are listed, such as those who already have valid visas, healthcare workers, wealthy investors, and the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens. 

The EO attempts to pit U.S. citizen workers against non-citizen workers, implying that U.S. citizen workers are somehow harmed by the presence of recently arrived migrants. This is simply incorrect, as unemployment rates generally decrease as immigration rates increase. There exists an economic consensus that migrant labor contributes a disproportionate percentage to our national output, lifting all Americans with their hard work, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Further, in the U.S. no relationship has been found between COVID-19 cases and the presence of foreign-born individuals. 

Executive Director Maya Berry stated, “This is not an economic policy, nor a public health policy—it’s a xenophobic policy. The Trump administration has been steadily dismantling the legal immigration system since the first week in office. In response, AAI has spoken out against the various iterations of the Muslim Ban, the refugee bans, the asylum ban, the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the public charge rule, and the nativist onslaught of other restrictions from this administration. Regardless of the numerical impact, today’s EO is no different. It simply uses the tragic COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to further the administration’s policy goal of destroying the American immigration system. AAI denounces this action, and calls on Congress to oppose it immediately.”