Playing to the Base, Trump Pretends to Ban Immigrants


By Samuel McTyre

24 Apr 2020


   President Trump issued a proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.

   This proclamation is effective April 24, 2020, and will expire June 24, 2020, but will surely be extended with great fanfare to cover him through the presidential election in November.

   Per the proclamation, the suspension and limitation on entry to the United States apply to individuals who are outside the United States and do not have an immigrant visa and a passport that was issued before April 24, 2019.

   This ban applies to those who do not yet have an immigrant visa. Thus, anyone who currently holds a green card is unaffected and continues to be eligible to enter reside in the U.S.

   The other categories of immigrants to whom this ban does not apply are the following:

  1. physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals who will perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19;

  2. immigrants who secure an immigrant visa pursuant to investor immigrant program (EB-5) also known as the millionaire’s green card;

  3. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, that is, their spouse and children under the age of 21,  this exemption includes prospective adoptees;

  4. any alien whose entry would further “important the United States law enforcement objectives” otherwise known as the snitches free pass; 

  5. members of the United States Armed Forces and their spouse and children; 

  6. Special Immigrants and their spouse and children, this category includes juveniles in the custody of a state court, certain religious workers and retired staff members of international organizations; and, 

  7. the president’s catch-all: any alien whose entry would be in the national interest.

   It would have been easier to say anyone awaiting an employment-based immigrant visa who is not currently in the U.S. is banned from entering as an immigrant for the next 60 days. But, the general ban on immigrants sells better in Trump world.


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